Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel – Beyond.

Editor’s note: This item today from Arlene is of importance and needs to be shared widely. ~~~~~~~~~~ Beyond all comprehension. Beyond what is remotely tolerable. Integrity? This, of course, we cannot not speak of at all. In the end, we can only speak of avarice and self-serving short-sightedness and just …

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Arlene from Israel – Never Easy.

But we might wish it were not quite so difficult. We begin with the report on the Gaza war of 2014 prepared by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was headed by Mary McGowan Davis.  It was released yesterday, and while not as flagrantly outrageous as …

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Arlene from Israel – Again…and again…and

On Friday, Danny Gonen, 25, had gone with his friend, Netanel Hadad, for a dip in the Ein Buvin spring near Dolev (a village in the Binyamin Regional Council of the Shomron, north east of Jerusalem). They were returning when their car was flagged down by an Arab. When they …

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Arlene from Israel – The Ups and Downs

Lots of “downs,” for sure, but we have to also seek out the “ups” wherever we can find them. ~~~~~~~~~~ American-born Michael Oren – historian, immediate past Israeli ambassador to the US, newly elected MK in the Kulanu party, – has surprised me, and a whole lot of other people …

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Arlene from Israel: Ongoing.

It’s obvious that many of the happenings I write about, rather than being discrete events, are snapshots of a continuing situation.  And so, I must return to these continuing situations repeatedly. It is only a couple of days since I wrote about Obama’s horrific policies regarding Iran.  I said then …

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Arlene from Israel – Slander without End.

Promoting lies about Israel’s “villainy” has become almost routine in many agencies and many parts of the world. Sometimes it reaches proportions that are so ludicrous, so without possible basis in fact, that it becomes a sort of self-satire.  There was recently, for example, the action of the World Health …

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Arlene from Israel – Dealing As It Comes.

In my book, no issue in the news takes precedence over the negotiations with Iran. I feel as if I keep repeating myself, and yet I must, because each time after I’ve written that the situation has deteriorated vis-à-vis the negotiations, it gets worse still. I am, quite frankly, confounded, …

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Arlene from Israel – Sharing

Note: An important piece today from Arlene not to be missed… We mourn his passing of David (Dudu) Rotem, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Monday. Rotem – a lawyer – had served as a Member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beitenu from 2007 until the most recent elections. …

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Arlene from Israel – Fighting with Head High.

 “Imagine if there was a country you had no personal connection to, that people accused of being an apartheid state. This state was constantly condemned all over the world, and in the UN, for war crimes and human rights violations. Imagine if this country was claimed to be founded on …

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Arlene from Israel – Unity

Because first things must come first, I begin by marking National Unity Day.  As Michelle Napell of One Family Fund wrote in a message: “We prayed for them, we cried for them and now we remember them.  “It has been one year since terrorists kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers, Gil-ad …

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Arlene from Israel – Outrageous!

 And that hardly begins to say it all. But then, I’m speaking about Obama, so what else would we expect?  I’m sorry I cannot start with good news today: I must begin with the outrage.  Israeli investigative journalist Ilana Dayan has just done an interview with President Obama for Israel’s …

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Arlene from Israel – Charade?

Once again, I choose to begin my posting with good news. Here you have a very short video from Jeremy Gimpel of Voice of Israel, speaking about the real reason that Israel sent rescue and medical teams to Nepal. I believe his words are absolutely on the mark. And I …

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Arlene from Israel – Tracking

First a correction. The information I had cited from Israel National News, regarding President Rivlin receiving an award from NIF turned out to be inaccurate. He is, rather, to receive an award from the Jewish-Arab center for cooperation, Givat Haviva. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195825#.VWWHz5uJjIW Givat Haviva – a recipient of NIF funds – …

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Arlene from Israel – Spinning

The heads of many of us – as we survey the current situation – are spinning.  This is for certain.  But in a larger sense, I feel as if the world is also spinning: in reverse.  Situations are not static, they change.  But I’m hard put to see a great …

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Arlene from Israel – Confusion on the Government Front.

 With regard to the establishment of a government, I do not remember the situation ever being quite as unclear and in flux as it is now.  Part of the problem is that ministry responsibilities have not been precisely delineated – that is, there is overlap among various ministries.  Makes it …

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Arlene from Israel: Moving, Moving On.

Now that I will have time again, after a hiatus of some several days, I want to resume my postings. (Actually, I’ve missed writing.) I will touch certain bases here, and return to consider many others later. Please do know that Sunday is the holiday of Shavuot here (and Monday …

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Arlene from Israel – Could Be Worse.

 Before I begin to discuss how it could be worse, a couple of housekeeping matters. First, dear readers, please know that I am working overtime on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  That’s a good thing, because it means we are developing a solid campaign to coincide with the formation of the …

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Arlene from Israel – Towards a New Law of War.

Towards a New Law of War  is the subject of a conference currently being held by Shurat Hadin, the Israeli Law Center, founded and run by the amazing Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. Current laws of warfare are outdated, she explained in her introductory remarks.  The Geneva Conventions never envisioned the asymmetrical warfare that …

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Arlene from Israel – THE LEGAL GROUNDS CAMPAIGN.

Many is the time that I have alluded to this Campaign, and to Israel’s legal rights in Judea, Samaria, and all of Jerusalem. Today I will move further in explaining the Campaign.  This is for your edification, and in the hopes that you will choose to be involved. Please make …

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Arlene from Israel: Step-by-Step

There are – forgive the cliché – just so many hours in the day.  And so, which happens now and again, as I am working on the Legal Grounds Campaign, it is impossible to do a full posting, as much as I would like to. There is enough happening to …

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