Israel

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 – 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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Into the fray: The two-stage ‘solution’ .

The entire issue of Palestinian statehood, and the Palestinian narrative on which it is based, are nothing but a giant hoax so transparent it is inconceivable that anyone even feigns credence to it. ‘With the two-state solution… Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become …

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It’s about Israel, Stupid.

The Europeans and the Americans are condemning us…again. The United Nations is upset with Israel…still. The Arabs are adamant – it’s the settlements that are the deterrent to peace. It’s not the settlements. It’s the rockets; it’s their intransigence. It’s their stones, their firebombs, their knives. It’s our naivete, it’s …

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ADALAH – a grantee of the NIF

Adalah is an Arabic word which means justice  and denotes The Justice of God. It is among the five Shia Principles of the Religion. So what’s a so-called Israeli group, that is a grantee of the NIF – New Israel Fund, doing with an Arabic name? One also has to …

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If You’re British, Sign The Petition!

If You’re British, Sign The Petition! Let MPs know that there is widespread opposition to unilateral recognition for a Palestinian state that isn’t the result of direct negotiations This message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign refers, of course, to the House of Commons vote this coming Monday on a motion …

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An Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Abbas, I am sorry to say, you have destroyed all hope of a Palestinian State under your leadership. You are in the 9th year of your four year term, and you have still failed to create change. You have stolen from the Palestinian public, amassing over $100 million dollars …

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Arlene in Israel – Unstable.

  Sukkot. “v’samachta bechagecha”: and you shall rejoice in your festival. This is it, Sukkot, our season of rejoicing.  My very favorite holiday.  The spirit is in the air, here in Jerusalem.  I look forward to meals in the Sukkah (much larger than the illustration here!), and sleeping in the …

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Arlene in Israel – Silent Intifada.

  Silent Intifada The perpetrators in the main are male Arabs, mostly young, with Jerusalem residency cards.  They have the right to live in Jerusalem, and receive the perks of citizens, but – tellingly – for political reasons have declined to become full citizens.With increasing frequency in recent weeks, they are …

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