Michael Lumish

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

One of the blogs that I used to follow was known as Fresno Zionism, but the Fresno Zionist made aliyah and is now writing some place within Israel under the blog title Abu Yehuda. In reference to France’s recent snub of Jewish leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, he writes: This is another chapter …

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No Justice, No Peace.

Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov tells us that Israeli firebrand Naftali Bennett has a few words for Israeli parliamentarian Tzipi Livni concerning the recent rebel attack upon the French Occupying Power: Speaking at the same event, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett slammed Livni, saying she “talked about the occupation …

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A Few Jewish Responses to Terrorism

In the past months France has lost a significant percentage of its Jewish population and, in my opinion, deserves to lose all of it. Not everyone agrees, of course.While Paris reels from this most recent Islamic terrorist attack, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), claimed that calls …

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Hamas and its European allies.

Writing in Arutz Sheva, Ari Yashar tells us: Hamas, in both its military and governmental branches, has been temporarily removed from the European Union’s list of proscribed terrorist groups as the result of a technical legal blunder. After Hamas filed an appeal against its terrorist list standing, the European Court …

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Transference

  Due to never-ending Arab hostility toward Jews in the Middle East I am reading more and more people talking about the possibility of transference.  Mainly in the comments of various pro-Israel blogs and news websites, but among some well respected high-profile analysts, as well, the idea of inducing Israeli-Arabs …

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It is Simply Not Up to Us

It is Simply Not Up to Us.  The truth of the matter is that if we end up with two states for two peoples on historically Jewish land depends on the will of the misogynistic Arab majority in that part of the world, not the egalitarian Jewish minority. We can …

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“You Stole Their Land”

“It is Palestinian land and Zionists are squatting on it.” We will never get through to most western liberals with our arguments because not only are hard-line anti-Zionists immune to reason, we’re not even making the right arguments for the center. We all understand that there is a radical vocal …

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Coming Out in Favor of a Single State.

For many years I advocated for the two-state solution because I believed that Israel could be a democratic state, a Jewish state, or a single state from the river to the sea, but not all three at once. This is, of course, the common analysis and it is a perfectly …

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The Children’s Intifada.

The Elder has a recent piece entitled, Aw, what a cute little stone thrower, which highlights the work of Reuters’ photographer Abed Omar Qusini. These examples of Qusini’s work project the image of a cute, sympathetic and innocent Palestinian-Arab “David” slinging rocks with his little slingshot at… something… with the world blowing …

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Revisiting Bourdain in Jerusalem

I used to cook in some pretty good restaurants back east when I was a tad younger. For a while I wore a toque and reduced veal stock into glace de viande and did things like eviscerate soft-shelled crabs for evening service. In my estimation, as a former professional cook, Anthony …

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The Death of the Metropolitan Opera.

Somewhere in the bowels of Lincoln Center, in New York City, is a heinously scarred Jewish hunchback, eating a hot pastrami sandwich while pawing a greasy, dog-eared copy of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and plotting revenge upon Peter Gelb. Or, so one hopes, anyways. Gelb …

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Why I Am Not A Zionist.

In the discussion around the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict there are, depending on one’s perspective, good people and bad people.  If one is an anti-Semitic anti-Zionist the bad people are called “Zionists.”  These Zionists are thought to be an unusually horrid breed of people who hold nefarious intent toward Arabs and …

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Obama’s Veiled Threats

When Obama administration officials started making veiled threats, while questioning Jewish yearnings for peace, I was not at first sure what to make of it.  When, last August, 2013, former US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that unless Israel comply with Obama’s insistence on telling Jewish people where we …

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An Endless Political Möbius Loop.

This strikes me as a rather eerie moment in the seemingly endless Arab-Israel war. We just recently came out of Operation Protective Edge and things are pretty much where I expected them to be.  Hamas shoots rockets for years into southern Israel making life there something close to unbearable as …

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