Israel

Arlene in Israel – A Brief Follow-Up.

I will not be able to post again until after Shabbat, and so wanted to provide here just a bit of factual “catch-up,” as well as something in the way of a broader overview.  These are difficult days. I just read of one person involved in the issues of the …

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The Train Ride that I will Never Forget

Posted with permission of   Jacob Richman from his website. A welcomed good feel article for a change. Hi Everyone, Tonight, I paid a visit to a friend recovering from surgery in Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem. His recovery is going well and tomorrow they may let him go home. I …

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The Third Intifada Is Here.

  Last night, a Palestinian driver intentionally drove his van into three soldiers south of Jerusalem. One was critically injured, two a bit more moderately wounded. It was the end of a very bad day in Israel.Late last night, I saw a post on Facebook saying that Jerusalem was moving …

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Arlene in Israel – Never Ending.

  I am referring to the grief that is leveled at us, here in Israel, on a regular basis.  I don’t really mean “never ending.” This is hyperbole; some day it will end.  But I don’t know when; I only recognize that we must be strong in all respects as …

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Arlene in Israel – From Terrible to Worse

I do not delude myself. The international scene is not as bad as it could possibly get. Please Heaven, may we never go there. But as I sit down to write I see that it is bloody awful, with escalating ugliness. This summer we had a war of one sort. …

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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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My Condolence Letter to the Parents of Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi

President Mahmoud Hamas, I mean Abbas, has sent a condolence letter to the parents of Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi, who last Wednesday night, shot an unarmed man in the chest and stomach three times. Abbas told Hijazi’s parents that their son “rose to the heavens as a martyr for the defense …

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Arlene in Israel – How Did We Get to This Place?

  How Did We Get to This Place? Our presence here in the land goes back more than 3,000 years. We prayed for millennia, while separated from the land, to be able to return.  Once we did return, our people sacrificed in order to build and protect the land. And now, …

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Into the Fray: And I quote…

Pat Condell is listed as being “a writer, comedian and Internet personality.” However, he is, above all, a supremely incisive and caustic political satirist. … for once we, in the terminally guilt ridden West, really can blame ourselves. – Pat Condell, in “Boo-hoo Palestine” This week I thought I would …

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Arlene in Israel – “Before Shabbat”

On Tuesday, my co-chair of the Legal Grounds Campaign, Jeff Daube, and I participated in a Voice of Israel radio broadcast hosted by Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz. Lior Amihai of ‘Peace Now’ was invited to join our conversation by phone. It was a lively discussion and I invite you …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

Last night there was a conference, “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount,” at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem – this is an annual event of the Temple Mount Faithful. It was neither a large nor a raucous event. Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Temple Mount activist, was a key presenter: He …

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Arlene in Israel – Standing Tall.

The media here in recent days has been full of observations about the growing rift between Israel and the US, or, more accurately, between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations. There have been, incredibly, some Israeli politicians and commentators centrist-left who point a finger at Netanyahu, saying that he is provoking …

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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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Arlene in Israel – Tough

  The word “tough” has different meanings, and I am actually using it in more than one sense in this posting.  The first meaning – difficult to deal with – applies to the video directly below. From “Jewish Voices on Campus,” it is exceedingly important and I ask you all …

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Into the Fray: Let their people go!

The Palestinian Arabs, as a national collective, have failed the test of history. It is high time we drop the charade of their ability to achieve self-governance. What is the point of raising and spending many millions of dollars to rebuild the Gaza Strip just so it can be destroyed …

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Arlene in Israel – Burning Hatred and Darkness.

Chaya Zissel Braun the three-month old baby girl killed by a terrorist using his car as a weapon, was laid to rest at midnight last night. Her death came about after the terrorist’s car slammed into her stroller, sending her flying some ten meters into the air. She landed on …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

  Late this afternoon, there was a terror attack in Jerusalem.  An Arab from eastern Jerusalem ran his car into a group of people who were waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of the light rail.  Eight people were injured.   A three-month old baby girl, badly hurt at the …

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Arlene in Israel – Body and Soul

  Body and Soul Last night I went to the premiere showing, here in Jerusalem at the Begin Center, of a very special new film by Gloria Greenfield: “Body and Soul – the State of the Jewish Nation.” The showing was sponsored by Doc Emet Productions (Greenfield’s company), The Menachem …

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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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Arlene in Israel – ‘The Temple Mount’

I’ve written several times about the growing problems on Har Habayit – the Temple Mount. Again now I report on the situation, which is grave and most be considered with utmost seriousness. Over the week of the Sukkot holiday, there was a rash of Arab violence that was clearly premeditated.  …

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