Tag Archives: Israel

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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Rising star of the Left – Melissa Parke.

Melissa Parke is an Australian politician. She has been the ALP member of the Australian House of Representatives, for Fremantle, Western Australia, since 2007 . Two days ago, on October 27th, Max Chalmers of the good old ultra leftist rag “the new matilda” wrote: Melissa Parke breaks Labor ranks to …

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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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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

SELAH. Question.   What is meant by “Selah”, which occurs so often in the Siddur? Answer.       “Selah” appears more than seventy times in the Psalms, generally placed at the end of a sentence or paragraph. The root is “sal”, probably from “sullam”, “a ladder”; originally the root means “to …

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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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Arab Loans & Arab Voters:Whitlam’s hostility to Israel & its causes.

The death this week of Gough Whitlam (1916-2014), prime minister of Australia from 1973-75, has of course many obituaries and reminiscences. Popular columnist Andrew Bolt sums up Whitlam well here: ‘Gough Whitlam was lucky his government was sacked in 1975. To our cultural elite, that turned him from a failure …

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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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A Deeply Dishonest White House Denies that Kerry Said What Kerry Said.

John Kerry

Various sources are reporting that the White House is claiming that US Secretary of State John Kerry did not say what US Secretary of State John Kerry said. In the Times of Israel we read: The US State Department denied claims Friday that US Secretary of State John Kerry made …

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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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Arlene in Israel – ‘What Is He Talking About?’

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) We have just completed the holiday of Sukkot, during which time we live in sukkahs.  While conforming to certain specifications, a sukkah is in its essence a temporary and thus fragile structure. This comes to remind us that what protects us is not the walls of …

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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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No Peace, No Recognition, No Negotiations For Greta Berlin.

Ms. Berlin, you call yourself a Palestinian activist, you claim to be someone who supports Palestinian rights and justice. But instead of constructively discussing with those in power who matter, you wasted an hour of my life on Facebook, calling me an oppressor. Ms. Berlin, it pains me to see …

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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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Arlene in Israel – UN Season

  UN Season Editor’s note: With video of Netanyahu’s UN speech. ~~~~~~~~~ You will find that during this High Holiday season – and extending through Sukkot – my postings will be less frequent.  I hope that all who celebrated Rosh Hashana found it meaningful and joyful. ~~~~~~~~~~ Besides being the High …

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The Lies and the Flaws of Mahmoud Abbas

Much is being made of the speech that Mahmoud Abbas made at the United Nations. A lie told often enough, said Vladimir Lenin, becomes the truth. It is ironic that the Arabs hold so much faith in this notion and it is even more ironic that much of the world …

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With Friends Like This.

This is a New Year greeting from NSW Labor to the NSW Jewish community just a few weeks after NSW Labor served up a big bowl of something red and smelly to the NSW Jewish community and for that matter everyone else who might think the Middle East Jews are …

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