Education-advocacy

Rasmea Odeh and Fake Academics

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Rasmea Odeh is unfairly maligned, according to a paper showcased on Reed College’s online journal. Fake academia at its best! This critique was prepared in honour of Odeh’s deportation from the USA scheduled for today (19 September 2017).   @TimesofIsrael What makes terrorist murderer Rasmea Odeh an ‘ex-terrorist’? Repentance? #Terrorist …

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Jewish Leftists: Where Jewish Ethics Cease And Suicide Begins

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Jewish ethics impels us to help the needy and stand up for the oppressed. It is not supposed to set us up for disaster. * * * * * Jewish ethics and morality is something we can be proud of. We are instructed to pay attention to the needs of …

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Take me to your leader.

There is a point of view among many students of Middle Eastern politics that all of its problems would be solved if Israel ended its occupation of the territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day-War and handed them to the Palestinians. After all, no country really wants to control the lives …

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Countering the ‘shrinking Palestine Maps’ lie.

A timely piece posted with the permission of Edgar Davidson from the Blog of the same name. Please check it out. I read it a few years back when it was first published and is recommended as an excellent advocacy piece. One of the most pernicious and common lies propagated …

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The Indigenous People – updated.

The tidbit below was written by Jonathan Tobin and published in Commentary: By attempting to portray the Palestinians as the “indigenous people” of the territory on which the State of Israel and the administered territories exist and the Jews as the colonial settlers, they are perpetrating the big lie of Palestinian history. …

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The Nazis and the Palestinian movement.

  Hajj Amin al Husseini is the father of the Palestinian Movement. He created PLO/Fatah (now better known as the ‘Palestinian Authority’), the organization that will govern any future Palestinian state. And he was mentor to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, the leaders of that organization. Husseini was also, during …

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Jews of Persia : An ancient Community.

Jewish communities throughout the Middle East, in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria have all gone, bar a handful here and there.  Yet Persia (Iran) is home to some  25,000 to 35,000  Jews. The Jewish population is now less than half the number who lived here before the Islamic …

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Of Nakbas, fools and fingers.

Nakba week is over. The demonstrators have gone home. The Palestinian Authority have delivered their speeches and sounded their sirens. The Arab and ‘liberal’ western press and media have duly commiserated. But while Palestinians marked the 66th anniversary of the ‘catastrophic’ mass flight of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948, …

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Death of Egypt’s Jewish Community.

“We are dying, we are drowning,” says Magda Haroun, elected leader of Cairo’s Jews. In this melancholy two-minute news clip, she tells the BBC reporter that there is no future for the 12-member Jewish ‘community’ of Cairo. Her first priority, she says, is to look after the human beings – …

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“Israel: Learning to Swim in the murky Middle East”.

  For many of us, the Middle East makes no sense at all. We read a headline like “Erdogan accuses Israel of seeking ‘systematic genocide’ in Gaza” and wonder why he would turn on a natural ally. That’s because our western thinking is quite alien to the Middle East and …

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Morocco: The lessons of the Petit Jean massacre.

  Last month, at the height of the Gaza war, French Jews in a Paris synagogue were shocked to find themselves the target of a near-pogrom by an enraged mob. And not only in France. Attacks on Jews in the UK went up 500 percent. Germany, Italy and Australia saw …

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AUJS. Imagine rocket attacks on Australian Universities

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has launched a new campaign to put Israel in context for university students. The campaign focuses on imagery of university campuses under rocket fire with the text ‘what would you do?’. “This intentionally provocative campaign puts students into the shoes of innocent Israeli civilians who …

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Bedouin claims funded by NIF funded NGOs fails.

A 32-year-old from an illegal Bedouin outpost near Dimona was killed and four others wounded, including his daughter. NGOs funded by the misguided New Israel Fund are cynically exploiting these casualties to open a new legal front against Israel even as the country is burying its dead and protecting its …

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Media release : ZFA Zionist Seminars

  ZFA Zionist Seminar. Youth leaders from Israel facilitate seminars in Melbourne and Sydney. The Zionist Seminars Program is one of the leading projects of the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Jewish Agency for Israel in Australia, bringing talented and committed young shlichim to work intensively with students in …

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UNESCO’s missing ‘hot potato’.

When UNESCO’s exhibit ‘People, Book, Land: 3,500 years of the Jewish people’s links with the Holy Land’ opened in Paris last week, it was one of the hottest days of the year. To the Jewish establishment’s relief, the demonstrators outside UNESCO’s plush headquarters had failed to show up. Hundreds of …

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Was the ‘Farhud’ Really a Nazi Event?

  Last week was the 73rd anniversary of a cataclysmic event in the tragic annals of Iraq’s Jews: the outbreak, on June 1-2, 1941, of the Farhud. The Farhud – a Kurdish word meaning “violent dispossession”  –  erupted at the peak of World War ll. During two days of rioting coinciding with …

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Jewish refugees from Arab lands: are they an issue, 60 years on?

This year is the 2,600 the anniversary of the Babylonian Exile, when Jews were taken into captivity following the destruction of the first Jerusalem Temple. Some of those Jews stayed on to become the oldest diaspora in modern-day Iraq. But sadly, only four remain of this once glorious community. It is …

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So, Just What is a “Palestinian,” Anyways?

The Philistines, of course, were a seafaring people of the Aegean islands. They were one of the rivals for regional dominance competing with the ancient Israelites along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea over one thousand years before Jesus of Nazareth walked the land. They were, needless to say, …

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What Really Happened in the Middle East

 Why Israel is the Victim by David Horowitz The Gaza Strip is a narrow corridor of land, 25 miles long and about twice the area of Washington, D.C. situated between the State of Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, and has a small southern border with Egypt. When the U.N. created …

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Leo’s Legacy: What You Might Not Know About The Balfour Declaration

Here’s another timeless post from my blog’s archives.  This one (originally titled “The Mosque-Founder’s Nephew Who Drafted The Balfour Declaration”, drew a lot of attention, and no doubt surprised many unsuspecting readers, not least those who belong to the mosque concerned.  Although many readers might already have seen this blog, …

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