Tag Archives: terrorism

From Israel: Endless and Endlessly Ugly.

Whenever there is a terror attack, and lives are lost,  I post, because getting the information out is important. These attacks seem endless! Heaven forbid they should actually be so: we will prevail. But endlessly ugly?  That doesn’t even begin to describe the situation.  Obscene comes a bit closer. ~~~~~~~~~~ …

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From Israel: Curse Them!

Just days ago, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I wrote an upbeat posting. But that upbeat mood did not last. Could not, perhaps. Just as there is joy at holiday time, we here in Israel contend with the increased desire of our enemies to do us harm as we …

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Remembering Munich.

At the Munich Olympics of 1972, less than three decades after the Holocaust, Jews were murdered on German soil – because they were Jews.  Because they were Israelis. The Olympics has historically been a place of peace where even warring nations could come together and compete in the sports arena, …

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Stop explaining Israel’s right to self defense.

I am sick and tired. More than anything, I am mad. I am sick and tired of seeing cute stories of Israeli kids having kite and balloon festivals sending messages of peace and candy for Gazans. On one hand, I love my people for their strength of spirit and eternal …

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Facts on the ‘Wall’

One of the most misrepresented and emotionally loaded issues about Israel – and there is a smorgasbord to choose from – is its security barrier.  This is one of the issues that featured prominently in a recent programme on Maori TV (One World – He Ao Kotahi) where the narrator …

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‘Business As Usual’ following the Manchester terrorist attack.

While the police are collecting body parts of British children spread around the Manchester arena, it is reported that the British public are determined to carry on with “Business as usual.” This Business As Usual, is an admirable attitude that helped the British people survive the Nazi Blitz during WWII. …

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Into the Fray: Touting tyranny in pursuit of bipartisanship.

“A durable Israeli-Palestinian peace can best be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, resulting in a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state…” – From “The Peace Process: Israel’s Pursuit of Peace,” currently on AIPAC’s website. “Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on …

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Martin Luther King and Zionism.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of the black minority in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. His passionate words inspired many people to move for equal rights for all Americans. As the last MLK Day of the first Black US President is celebrated, and in the aftermath …

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Into the fray: “Palestine” – The perils in pictures.

As the coming Paris conference looms closer, avid two-state proponents should understand what the prescription they advocate really means: Israel through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer” If a Palestinian state is established, it will be armed to the teeth. Within it there will be bases of the most …

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Reflections On Israel Part 1: Israel’s Place In The World.

In July I went on a life-changing trip to Israel. This was my fourth trip to Israel, but I had not been there for 17 years. I have written in the past about other aspects and experiences of this trip. But I have not focussed on Israelis themselves, Israeli society, …

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What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace. During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries …

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Germans have “Schadenfreude” Jews have “Alemtzev”.

Schadenfreude.  It’s a fascinating word.  It means “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.”  If that sounds quite mean, consider an example. Imagine a person treats you poorly, perhaps cutting your car off on the road.  Should that person subsequently run over …

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‘Palestinian’ Terrorists Incorporating Rat Poison in Attack Plans.

A Palestinian terrorist planned to bomb the Jerusalem light rail last month with an explosive device containing poisonous material, Israeli police said Tuesday. Ali Abu Hassan – a civil engineering student from a village northwest of Hebron – infiltrated Jerusalem on July 15 armed with three pipe bombs forming a …

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Facebook. A pipeline for funding Hamas terrorism?

Arabs in Gaza are swarming social media platforms and sending private messages to pro-Palestinian activists looking for donations. Is it just one massive scam?  Or are Hamas utilising social media platforms, not just to spread propaganda, but as a pipeline to raise funds for their terrorist activities? Hamas are one …

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Into the Fray: Israel & American liberal Jewry: Real reasons for the rift.

Incredibly, according to Israel’s “liberal” detractors,  the only remedy for Israel’s “democracy deficit” is to establish yet another Muslim-majority tyranny.  Israel’s accomplishments have been remarkable.  Israel has created a thriving economy, and has been a refuge for hundreds of thousands of the displaced and the needy. Israel has generated a …

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Anything to say now, Hanin Zoabi or Ayman Odeh?

Hanin Zoabi – Are you going to cry out your rage and horror at the killing of a 13-year-old girl barely past puberty? Ayman Odeh – Are you going to rail against the terrorist and those who sent him, directly or indirectly; sent him to break into her house and …

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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Balance.

 Not an easy thing to do – to maintain balance.  We might know where we want to go, yet find the way there exceedingly slippery.  This is what we are dealing with now: the rapids and the uneven stepping stones. ~~~~~~~~~~ I like to sustain my practice of starting with …

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A Mother’s Tears.

I am currently in Israel with my young family. My three-year-old son has been refusing to sleep in his own bed. He has been saying, “but mummy, I don’t love my new room, I don’t want to sleep by myself, I’m scared.” For the last two weeks I have attempted …

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Arlene from Israel: In Memoriam.

 It is with sadness that I note the passing on Tuesday of Salomon Benzimra of Toronto.  Originally from Morocco – what was then the International Zone of Tangiers – he was able to trace his family back to Spain prior to the Inquisition. When it became necessary they had escaped …

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Arlene in Israel: One Foot in Front of the Other

 In other words, we keep going, and always will. Let me start today with a light-hearted good news piece, which reflects on Israel’s wonderful side.  (Emphasis is added.) “When Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic Liat Mizrahi (pictured ) and her team were flagged down by a bystander to tend a …

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