Israel

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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Why Jewish Refugees are the correct response to BDS.

The man behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, Omar Barghouti, is a PhD student at Tel Aviv University. Yes, you read that right — Tel Aviv, Israel, home of “apartheid” and the worst of alleged human rights abuses. In an interview explaining the aims of the BDS …

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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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O little town of Bethlehem.

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie. This little tid-bit is from Kay Wilson,  a person I am proud to call a friend. Kay  is a British-born Israeli tour guide, jazz musician and cartoonist. She is the survivor of a brutal terror attack. Since the attack …

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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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From The Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

Well, we are off to Israel next week for the meetings of the Jewish Agency and it will be great to be back there. When discussing matters pertaining to Israel one of the challenges is how to differentiate between rhetoric and reality. In a nutshell, broad based opinion in Israel, …

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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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Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, or al-Quds?

An excellent piece re-cycled from Oct 18, 2013. In a recent comment by Pam at Mufti of Jerusalem Screeches for Jewish Blood as Jewish “Progressives” Lie Down and Die , wrote: And by the way Mike, I totally agree we should not refer to Judaea and Samaria by its Jordanian …

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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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Water Apartheid

Temple Mount

We take it for granted that if someone is thirsty, we must give them water. It’s part of the Jewish tradition: …The famous Jewish sage Hillel said: “Don’t do unto others what you would not want do to you – that is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary” (Babylonian …

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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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