Monthly Archives: January 2016

Arlene from Israel: “Full Agenda”

So much, so much to write about.  I suggested as much toward the end of my last posting on Friday.  But we will not by-pass the good news first: An Israeli hi-tech agricultural start up has developed an Internet of Things technology for crops.  (Internet of Things: IoT, a network …

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When human rights no longer matter to NGOs

A few days ago, an Israeli investigative TV show (UVDA – ‘fact’) ran an expose that involved an Israeli infiltrating Ta’ayush, a NGO that promotes itself as ‘a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation.’ The Israeli also encountered Nasser Nawajah, …

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On The Having of Cake (and the eating of it, too.)

The Times of Israel tells us that: “The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday demanded the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was “reminiscent” of apartheid. Two Arab passengers with Israeli documents were forced off an Aegean Airlines …

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Into the fray: Presumption of guilt.

The attempt to equate Arab terrorism against Jews with Jewish “terror” against Arabs is playing right into the hands of Israel’s most vehement detractors. The cumulative feeling left by this [Duma] case is… something that ought to worry every Israeli citizen. – Haaretz, January 5 The house had been set …

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Responding to Antisemitism in Art on Campus

responding to antisemitism

The Jewish Defence League – JDL – is planning a protest against the antisemitic mural at York University. And a week ago, I was asked by a group fighting defamation of Israel on North American campuses to go to the site of the mural and call the police to report it as …

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Islamist Terrorist Cult Recruitment

terrorist cult recruitment

Theories of cult induction may best explain much of what we are seeing today in terrorist groups, better than theories regarding marginalization and poverty. Understanding Islamist terrorist cult recruitment and induction can provide us with tools for helping young people resist the charms of the cult leader. First, let us …

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Arlene from Israel: A Deep Breath.

Unless we breathe deeply and slowly, and focus on the good that abounds in Israel – and the good that Israel exports to the world – we run the risk of feeling overwhelmed. These are not the best of times (understatement).  And so, good news first (emphasis below added). “Israeli …

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Adalah, Dismantling Zionism.

Adalah is also known as the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. It is funded by a number of left-wing organizations including: the New Israel Fund (NIF); the Ford Foundation; the Open Society Foundation (George Soros); Oxfam; and the European Commission. Adalah claims to be “an independent human …

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Oz Torah: Torah reading – Va’era

WHO WAS MOSES? There is a classical essay by Ahad HaAm which asks the question, “Who essentially was Moses?” Ahad HaAm examines a number of theories, e.g. Moses was a general, Moses was a legislator, Moses was a prophet. Another approach comes in the Torah itself. In Ex. 2:19 he …

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Oz Torah: Ask the Rabbi on L’chayyim

Question. Why do we say “L’Chayyim” when we have a drink? Answer.    Wine “gladdens the human heart” (Psalm 104:15). In moderation it is an aid to health; the sages used to say when they took a drink, “Wine and health to the rabbis and their students!” (Shabbat 67b). But wine …

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Arlene from Israel: It Is Time.

No good news will start this posting, my friends. That’s not because there isn’t any – there is! and I’ll get back to sharing it next posting – but because it is time for me to write about Duma once again. There is nothing redeeming about this situation, but I …

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Want to Boycott Israel? Ignore This PA University.

Congratulations are in order for An-Najah National University (ANU) of Nablus. It heads the list of the top 12 “Palestinian” universities, ranked by an international site that ranks over 11,000 institutions in more than 200 countries. If the supporters of academic boycott against Israel want to find evidence of the …

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Youth Who Resist Joining Terror Organizations

joining terror organizations

Most researchers studying terrorist recruitment ask how they entice members who are willing to commit horrendous violent crimes in the name of Islam. Political scientist Kim Cragin and colleagues at Rand approach the topic from the opposite perspective – what are the conditions in which youth actually reject recruitment? Of …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Forward

It has been my practice every year, as January first approaches, to speak about the fact that for me the New Year is Rosh Hashana, a time of reflection and prayer.  All the secular new year means to me, I would write, is that I must change the date I …

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