Yearly Archives: 2017

Jews Are From Mars . . . Or Perhaps From Ross 128

antisemites

Well, not really Ross 128 itself, because Ross 128 is a star. Like our own sun, it is a star that has a planet near it that looks habitable. Astronomers have not yet named Ross 128’s nearby, possibly-habitable-planet. But since Mars does not seem to be able to sustain human …

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From Israel: For Real?

On November 11, the New York Times put out a report saying that the Trump team was now starting to put together a Middle East “peace plan.” The immediate gut response to this in many quarters was simply to wonder what the team could be thinking. This was immediately followed …

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INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s ruinous right.

Perhaps the gravest threat facing the nation today is the twin perils of a dangerous, delusional “Left” and an impotent, incompetent “Right”, unable to decisively and definitively discredit it.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions – attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, circa. 1150  It is neither …

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From Israel: Maybe Yes, Maybe No.

The political/diplomatic situation is so fluid, so unstable, that sometimes I prepare to report on one state of affairs, only to discover that a day later the situation has already shifted – or was not as it had been reported. Before I turn to some of these matters, however, I …

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Jews: Colonized Or Colonizers?

page of thesaurus with words related to colonized

This is about antisemitism and mind games and colonizers and the colonized. The inspiration leading to my reflections here was found in a relatively recent article published in the prestigious British Journal of Criminology. The authors of this article are relentless in their vilification of Israel. I will soon provide …

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Recycled road rage.

More Fauxtography This is how minor accidents are recycled into anti Israel propaganda. Decide for yourself whether this is lazy journalism or straight out deception. Take a quick look at this photograph. I have emphasised the medic in Magen David Adom (Israel’s Red Cross) uniform and the Israeli license and …

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Live on ‘Nothing Left’ – Milo Yiannopoulos.

Michael Burd and Alan Freedman of Nothing Left on Australia’s J-AIR radio conducted an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos to be aired on Tuesday, November 28, 9 to 11 AM, Melbourne time. Yiannopoulos is one of the more notorious figures emerging out of the previous presidential election in the United States. The guy is a British, …

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INTO THE FRAY: The ruinous results of “conflict management”.

“Conflict management has not countered successful Palestinian efforts…to change crucial strategic facts on the ground with deleterious long-term implications on Israel’s security”.  Israel’s present conflict management approach, which has succeeded in reducing Palestinian terrorism to manageable proportions, is an insufficient response to the dangers of Palestinian territorial expansionism…[M]anaging the conflict …

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From Israel: Shifting Sands.

We begin with more information regarding the lead story in my last posting, about Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was uninvited at Hillel House in Princeton. It was Rabbi Eitan Webb, director of the Princeton Chabad House, who had stepped in. He greeted the overflow audience with these words: “We …

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From Israel: Same Story: Stand Strong.

My first item today is with regard to something that happened yesterday, something shameful. I also wanted to say “shocking,” but I’m not sure any of this shocks any longer: The Israeli Foreign Ministry has just published four official brochures that make the case for Israel in strong and unapologetic …

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The West Has Gone Bats!

{This is a fleshing out of an earlier thing that I called The U.S. Has Gone Bats!} Yes, that is the way it is. I suppose that it is not surprising that my cohort, born in the 1960s, stomped on the Western Liberal Tradition. This is to say that the …

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From Israel: How Crazy Is It?

In brief, this crazy: On Monday, the IDF identified a tunnel from Gaza that had entered Israel. It was under active construction, and not simply left over from before 2014. Beginning in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, it extended “dozens of meters” into Israel – headed towards Kibbutz Kissufim two …

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Much Ado About Mudar Zahran

Mudar Zahran

This is Part II of a three-part series on the Jordan Is Palestine Conference that took place on 17 October 2017 and reports on things Mudar Zahran said at the conference and later, in telephone interviews with me. Mudar was at the heart of much controversy in the weeks leading …

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ZFA Advocacy Special: Be’er Sheva 2017.

It is hard to describe the feelings of being in Israel at this very special moment. Particularly, that of being an Australian in Israel and more specifically, spending yesterday in Be’er Sheva. Overlay that with being a Jewish Australian and words fail to capture the incredible symbiotic and deep connections …

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