Monthly Archives: January 2018

Oakland Stands United With Hate.

As many of you know, Reem’s bakery at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California – the very spot where Oscar Grant was famously shot dead by police in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2009, touching off local riots – continues to display a mural of Rasmea Odeh, …

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the UN.

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, declared so by the UN. On this day we remember the six million Jewish victims, and millions of other victims, brutally murdered in a systematic, evil slaughter, ethnic “cleansing” or genocide. But let’s remember something else.  The UN has proven itself to be …

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Jerusalem Issue Sends Abbas Into Madness.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is having a tough time grappling with reality in recent weeks. Ever since President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month, Abbas continues to lash out and reveal his true colors. In a series of public statements since Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, Abbas has propagated …

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Happy Australia Day.

January 26 – Australia Day, is the day we celebrate the birth of our great country.  The day to remember the First Fleet which arrived in 1788, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip after its long arduous journey to Australia, landed in Sydney Cove. Australia Day is the day …

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Oz Torah: Religious revival – Ask the Rabbi

RELIGIOUS REVIVAL. The days have gone when Bible and religion dominated most people’s lives. Yet, for all the evidence of a weakening of religious commitment, there is at the same time talk of a religious revival. Religion has become almost respectable among intellectuals. Dozens of books, plays, films and radio …

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From Israel: Sparks inside the Darkness.

The darkness, we all know about: We certainly have not yet learned how to escape it, as humankind persists in embracing acts that are, at very best, foolish, when not deeply malevolent. But those all-important sparks—emanating from within the darkness—remind us of what is possible. They provide strength and inspiration,A …

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Seinfeld, #Israel and the Two-Headed Media.

They say there are two sides to every story, and the same applies to today’s brand of journalism, the editorial news.  The slant of each article depends on the favored agenda.  Perhaps it was always this way, but as a young, idealistic student sitting in journalism class years ago, I …

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Gideon Levy’s sell-out tour of New Zealand.

I’m no biblical scholar, but if I was asked to name great Jewish prophets off the top of my head, Moses, Abraham and Jonah would likely get a mention. Gideon Levy, the Israeli commentator, would not. Nevertheless, on Levy’s visit to New Zealand in December, the unctuous RNZ interviewer Wallace …

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The Many Faces of the Sexy Hijabi.

The sexy hijabi is new to American popular culture.   Due to the rise of contemporary political Islam, and mass Muslim immigration into the West, the hijab is now a highly-charged cultural symbol.   For many American and western Muslim women, it is simply a matter of ethnic identity and faith. In that way, …

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From Israel: News Barrage.

Trying to keep up with the pace of events, never mind reporting on them, makes the head spin. ~~~~~~~~~~ We got them, we always do: The terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach nine days ago. The original search had been in Nablus, but intelligence brought the operation to Jenin, long …

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From Israel: Unreal!

On Saturday night, the IDF destroyed yet another tunnel running from Gaza into Israel. This one originated at Rafah, at Gaza’s border with Egypt, and ran some 600 meters into Israel. It was constructed by Hamas, not Islamic Jihad; reports identified it as different in construction from most of the …

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What concentration camps, Mr.Horgan?

Fault-finders of Edward Horgan‘s ‘Standing up for Palestine’ in this week’s Ireland’s Sunday Independent newspaper (print, digital online) and Irish Examiner’s reader’s blog with slight changes in all three expect to be hit by the standard ‘Criticism of Israel isn’t antisemitism’ cliché. Well here’s a message.  Lies aren’t criticism. Here’s …

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From Israel: Beyond Knowing.

I’ve written about this before and feel called to write about it again in this brief posting:  I cannot begin to explain it, but I have seen time and time again that the people who are killed in terror attacks are special people. This is certainly true with regard to …

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