It was supposed to be just a quiet getaway. For our anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend Shabbat at the Ein Gedi guesthouse, a place we have visited many times before. Waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin, I struck up a conversation with a retired French industrialist …Read More »
We’ll always have Paris.
Déjà Versailles History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx Just in the interests of symmetry the Paris Peace Conference due to take place next week should have waited two more years. It won’t of course, not even four more months, because the organisers are aware that not …Read More »
From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. July 2016. Opinion piece.
Opinion piece on France and French Jewry. As in any complex and multi layered situation one cannot expect to become an expert on anything in a few short days. So what follows are merely impressions formed after our time in France, of a community struggling with its future. French Jewry is clearly …Read More »
France-Israel not lovers/not friends?
If we can’t have France as a lover, can we at least have a genuine friend? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the decision to vote in favour of a UNESCO report that ignores any Jewish link to Jerusalem was a ‘mistake’. French President Francois Hollande says it was a …Read More »
Trouble in Paradise.
Over recent weeks I’ve focused on keeping readers apprised of relevant and interesting stories that might be a bit off the beaten path of Australian media. And in this vein I’ll begin with the brewing revolt within British Labor over Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the 13 November terrorist atrocity in …Read More »
The Ongoing War in France.
President Hollande has closed the borders of France. Such a thing has not happened since WW2. The borders were sealed to make sure that none of the terrorists got away, although the police said on the night of the attacks that all of these terrorists had been killed. The borders …Read More »
Arlene from Israel – Bone Weary.
Anyone who is tracking the news these days, and genuinely cares for the security of Israel and the future of the US – not to mention Europe and the Mideast – has got to have an extremely heavy heart. We are facing some very dark times. With regard to Israel, …Read More »
Jews in the Midst.
Summary: Jews are vulnerable members of society. They are not on the fringe on the one hand, nor are they just a regular part of the broader community, on the other. As such, they must be actively protected by governments and citizens alike. No Canary in the Mine Well-meaning people …Read More »
On Vandalising Jewish Cemeteries.
Vandalising Jewish Cemeteries is nothing new. Is it a case of they can’t get rid of us whilst we are alive so “Let’s give it a shot now they are dead?” One of the worst cases known to the Jewish Community, that’s if you can name any one as being …Read More »
Why the Media Ignores Jihadists in Israel.
Summary: According to the NY Times, terrorists in Europe and Israel are very different and have different motivations. If they weren’t, the hope that two states (Israel and Palestine) could live side-by-side in peace would obviously disappear. The New York Times has taken to breaking the universe of Islamic terrorists …Read More »
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 …Read More »
Arlene from Israel – Recurring Nightmare.
How many times do we have to witness the funerals of innocent Jews cut down in their prime by terrorists? Sadly, a rhetorical question. We’ve already witnessed it too many times. And we know with a reasonable certainty that we are going to witness this yet again. ~~~~~~~~~~ Yesterday, the …Read More »
La France vous êtes malade.
This account of the events in Paris, France and the abominable treatment dished out to Prime Minister Netanyahu, was on my Facebook wall last night from Caroline Glick. With many thanks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Prime Minister Netanyahu earned his keep in Paris yesterday. According to an incredibly hostile report last night by Channel …Read More »
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 …Read More »
Arlene from Israel – Crisis.
This today from Arlene Kushner is excellent as per her norm. This has information I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s a must read. No way to be upbeat today, even with the outpouring of protest from people grieved and furious about the terrorist killings in France. Late Friday – before Shabbat …Read More »
From the desk of Ron Weiser.Je suis Charlie,je suis Ahmed,je suis ?
Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Ahmed, Je Suis ????? I was waiting for another Je Suis to spontaneously erupt from the good people of France. But it did not come, maybe tomorrow, maybe not………..not the French word for Jewish or the names of even one of the innocent people going …Read More »