Monthly Archives: January 2017

Arlene in Israel: Standing Tall with Tears.

The four soldiers who were killed in the terrorist truck ramming on Sunday have been named: Cadet Shir Hajaj (22) of Maaleh Adumim. Cadet Shira Tzur (20) from Haifa. Cadet Erez Orbach (20) from Alon Shvut. Erez Orbach and Shira Tzur had joint Israeli-American citizenship. All four were buried on …

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New Zealand has an issue with terrorism.

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack.  When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English spoke out against the terror attack.  …

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Aussie Rabbi’s anti-Trump Rant.

In the Australian Jewish News (6 January), Rabbi Stephen Boroda wrote an article  – “We must be the voice of the downtrodden”.  Quoting former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks  “Those who hope refuse to be comforted while the hoped-for outcome is not yet reached. Given their history of suffering, Jews …

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Fairfax false news prompts antisemitic comments.

 Social media, for all its benefits, has allowed all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories to be circulated unchecked.  It is therefore not surprising that antisemitism, which attracts lies and conspiracy theories like moths to a flame, has flourished in this forum.  A false news story published in New Zealand …

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Arlene from Israel: Heading Forward.

Were that I had only good news to report.  But painfully this is not the case.  And in a situation such as we are facing now, the good news, which does exist, must wait. There seems no end to this: In the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem today (Sunday) a …

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Antisemitic conspiracy theorist in New Zealand media.

New Zealand’s role as a sponsor of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the resulting spat between New Zealand and Israel has sparked some intense debate in the New Zealand media. It’s also unleashed some particularly nasty and downright weird characters giving voice to their hatred of Israel. For example, Patrick …

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The Jewish political community is divided and distressed.

As I write, Israel is reeling over the Azaria case, the United Nations is pushing all-in on Jew Hatred, Jihadism is on the rise in Europe, white nationalism and anti-white racism are both on the rise in the United States, Obama is hitting the road (or, at least, crossing the street), the Russians are unhappy and shaking their fists, …

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Elor Azaria: Victim Or Hero? Four Questions.

While emotions are still running high, people are rushing to condemn the Military Court or to condemn those condemning the Military Court.  I am not prepared to do either.  I am still asking myself questions.  Here are some of them.  1… Elor Azaria killed only one of the two terrorists …

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World leaders on biased UNSC resolution; NZ waits.

While the passing of the controversial UNSC Resolution 2334 on the eve of Christmas and Hanukkah went under the radar of many, a number of world leaders have spoken out. Even members of Obama’s own party are appalled at the stance taken by the United States; UK Prime Minister Theresa …

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Oz Torah: Ask the rabbi. SHABBAT ZEMIROT

SHABBAT ZEMIROT. Q. Why do many people sing “z’mirot” (special table songs) during the Shabbat meals? A. It is an old custom to sing z’mirot at the Shabbat table. The z’mirot that are most widely known are full of liveliness and spirit, yet maybe, many centuries ago, they were livelier …

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Arlene in Israel: Saga Part Two.

I confess.  Listening to Kerry’s speech on Wednesday night was very difficult for me.  Because it made me ill.  The claims of friendship for Israel, the protests that the Obama administration has always had Israel’s best in mind – all delivered in a calm steady voice radiating faux sincerity.  Stomach …

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How Obama Cracked Jewish Solidarity.

Fifty years from now Barack Obama will be known to most Americans as, quite simply, the first African-American president of the United States. Aside from this he will have precious little to distinguish himself other than in the notable electoral deterioration of the Democratic Party under his tenure. While future …

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