Monthly Archives: June 2016

Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 1.

“Commanders for Israel’s Security” are a group I would much rather respect than ridicule, but drivel is drivel, even when it comes from men with an illustrious past and an accumulated 6000 years of security experience  One does not have to be a military expert to easily identify the critical …

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Arlene from Israel: Spirits Lifted.

There is nothing like being there: Hearing the music.  Watching the young people dancing with enormous sprit. And seeing the flags – oh so many flags! – waving in the air.  This picture was taken in the late afternoon on Sunday, on King George Street in front of the Great …

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ISIS and Acid Baths.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the single most grotesquely violent political movement since the Khmer Rouge. In a recent Associated Press piece published on the FOX News website we learn that: BAGHDAD –  In March, a senior commander with the Islamic State group was driving through …

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Tell me again – Never Again!

Supported by the  United Methodist Kairos Response, a group that advocates for policies in support of an end to the church’s complicity in Israel’s occupation, “all United Methodist missionaries who have served in the Holy Land and thousands of Palestinian Christians have asked the church to cut its financial ties to …

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Fida’i – When A Nation Is ‘Revenge’

Fida'i - the Palestinian anthem

The Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians have a national anthem. Actually, their current anthem is supposedly their second. The lyrics of the first were written in 1934 by Ibrahim Tuqan and expressed opposition to the British presence in the Ottoman Empire. Named “Mawtini”, meaning “Homeland”, it talks about gaining …

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Oz Torah:Shavuot features.

THE WICKED BIBLE. The Ten Commandments have a lot of “thou shalt nots”. Imagine if one of the “nots” was left out. It actually happened in 1631 when the Royal printers made a mistake in Exodus 20:14, where they accidentally omitted a “not”, so that the command now read, “Thou …

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Criminalising Unauthorised Marriage?

There are criminals sitting in the Israeli Knesset: legislators who have either performed weddings outside the state’s religious authority, or who have personally been married in such ceremonies. The Jewish state is one of the only places in the world where it is illegal — with a potential jail term …

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Jewish Care’s Annual Appeal Dinner 2016.

Jewish Care Victoria hosted over 420 supporters at its 2016 Annual Appeal Dinner at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn on Wednesday 1 June 2016. The audience enjoyed an evening of heartfelt personal stories, musical entertainment and emotive videos, with Annual Appeal Committee Member Georgia Danos as Master of Ceremonies. Manders …

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WHO do you think you are?

There is something decidedly unhealthy about the lengths that the Palestinian leadership has been going to in order to delegitimise Israel in the international arena.  Even more sickening is the way that their propaganda is willingly accepted without question by the international community – even when the subject matter is blatantly false and misleading and quite frankly unhelpful in bringing about …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Unfolding

There is certainly nothing static about the current political situation, and an update seems in order. Actually, some of what is happening is good – better than might be expected. For those feeling unease that we might give away our country because of what Netanyahu and Lieberman said the other …

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Open Letter to Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) at Monash University  equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects – language and literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinics, law, politics and sociology. The first-year gateway units provide students with an understanding of the foundations of Jewish history, followed …

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Arlene from Israel: Choppy Waters.

There is much to report at this time of political and diplomatic turmoil, but I will follow what has become my custom and start with some brief good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in a place called Sapir, in the harsh Arava desert, we find …

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