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Saturday, February 17, 2007

The forgotten evacuees
- - - - by Jim Brown

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It is nearly a year and a half since a government-sponsored advertising campaign reassured the nation that "there's a solution for every settler" - a reference to the thousands of Israeli citizens then slated to be removed from Gaza and northern Samaria as part of disengagement.
However the sorry truth is that not a single evacuated family has been relocated to a permanent home. Most of the evacuated breadwinners are still unemployed. Only 10 of the 400 farmers were given new land, and even that was woefully inadequate.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Peaceful Majority
- - - - by Yoel.Ben-Avraham

by William Haynes

I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."

We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.
It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority" is the "silent majority" and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
  • Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
  • Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
  • Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, I wish to add: I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without paying heed to it, or sending it on, is part of the problem. Lets quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our leaders in this war against terror. They are trying to protect the interests and well being of the world and it's citizens. Best we support them.

William Haynes
bill2space@cox.net

Thanks for the heads-up from Naomi Ragen

Monday, December 18, 2006

Chanukah 5765 - Neve Dekalim
- - - - by A Simple Jew

Dispelling The Darkness

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

United Jewish Communites Honor Olmert...
- - - - by Akiva

Thoughts on that, here.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Where are the roses?
- - - - by Batya

Let's get real, things aren't that great, but maybe if we got together, we could topple the government.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Groveling Before Power - the O-U
- - - - by Akiva

Shemayah said... Abhor taking high office, and do not seek intimacy wit the ruling power.

Rabban Gamliel...Be wary of those in power, for they befriend a person only for their own benefit, they seem to be friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man in his hour of need.

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi...Do not yearn for the table of kings, for your table is greater than theirs, and your crown is greater than theirs, and your Employer is trustworthy to pay you remuneration for your deeds. - Mishna, Pirke Avos, 1:10, 2:3, 4:5

The O-U, the Orthodox Union announced today that the Prime Minister of the State of Israel - the Hon. Ehud Olmert will address the opening session of the Biennial Convention of the Orthodox Union in Jerusalem on Wednesday, November 22.

In the words of my friend Shlomo Wollins of IsraelReporter.Com (with a little of my own editing and contributions)...

This man Olmert has sent thugs to smash brains of yeshiva students in Amona...his family are all founders or members of anti-Israel organizations. His son is same-gender oriented and living in Paris.

This past week he sent his horses to trample yeshiva students protesting the great Chillul Hashem, the Immoral Pride Parade which his government strongly suppported.

He is under investigation for 5-7 separate acts of financial or power corruption.

And not to mention his political aspirations are to throw 80,000-120,000 more Jews out of their homes in Israel central, Biblical and strategic highlands, and give it all to Israel's proven, sworn, and current enemies and murderers.

He is either insane or certainly a horrid Jew (or bought and paid for, or Erev Rav, or all the above).

It is a great disgrace that O-U associates itself with this man after his approving the Immoral Pride Parade in Jerusalem and sending his thugs to beat up kids with iron sticks who are protesting the Chillul Hashem (according to all the rabbis).

It may be time for O-U to do some teshuvah for its silence on Gush Katif by canceling this appearance. By having him appear now the O-U koshers the public flaunting of same-gender relationships (called an abomination in the Torah), corruption, the Amona bloodbath, Gush Katif, all by association. It further appears that O-U also supports the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Yesha (the Shomron and Yehuda, aka the West Bank) and the creation of a Palestinian State.

It us stunning that the O-U would associate with the upcoming (chv'sh) suicidal and cruel "convergence". What an insensitive and self-serving choice of speakers at this time. Doesn't O-U have a soul or conscience anymore, or it is just a stamp? Doesn't O-U need to stand up for Torah in more ways than just food? Supporting Olmert is opposing Torah and therefore Hashem.

We would suggest canceling the whole conference which likely accomplishes little, and give all the millions of dollars to the victims of the Gush Katif destruction who are wallowing in squalor with few helping. That would really make O-U special.

We must stand up for Torah and not try to white wash or cozy up to power. The Torah demands it, Truth demands it.

If the Orthodox Union is worthy of it's name, it must take action and reject Prime Minister Olmert as a conference speaker.


If you agree, you may express it to these O-U Contacts on their press release:

Conference Web Site - Here.

Nathan J. Diament, Director of Institute for Public Affairs
+1 202-513-6484; ndiament@ou.org

Stephen Steiner, Director of Public Relations
+1 212.613.8318; steiners@ou.org

Frank Buchweitz, Convention Information Contact
+1 212 613-8188, frank@ou.org


Monday, November 06, 2006

Live Report from the Jerusalem Front!
- - - - by Akiva

Here.

Anti-Pride Parade Info!
- - - - by Akiva

This is not the first Immoral Pride Parade in Jerusalem. It will be the FOURTH time!

As I understand it from their web site, there will be a gathering at Liberty Bell Park at 11 am. The parade starts at 11:45 am and usually begins at Kikar Zion traveling up Ben Yehuda (where their office is located which operates year round without disturbance!) to King George and on back to Liberty Bell Park where there is to be a "happening" at 12:30 pm.

May G-d give us the wisdom and the strength to successfully oppose the continued defilement of His Name and His City. As it says in prophet Amos...

"Thus says the L-rd: For three transgressions...and for four, I will not turn away it's punishment...."


(Another person sent...)

A new parade route has been marked out. It is through the Federal government park district of Yerusahalyaim, the Supreme Court/ Knesset grounds.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More Anti-Parade Contact Info
- - - - by Akiva

Abraham Dicter , Minister of Internal Security
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6496168, (International) +972-2-6496168
-- Fax (Israel) 02-6496168
-- Phone (US) 011-972-2-6753727, (International) +972-2-6753727
-- Phone (Israel) 02-6753727
-- Email adichter@knesset.gov.il

Mayor Lopianski of Jerusalem
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6296014, (International) +972-2-6296014
-- Fax (Israel) 02-6296014
-- Email lpuri@jerusalem.muni.il

Jerusalem Police
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-5391391, (International) +972-2-5391391
-- Fax (Israel) 02-5391391

Superintendent of Jerusalem Police, Mr. Ilan Franco
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-5391466, (International) +972-2-5391466
-- Phone (US) 011-2-972-5391100, (International) +972-2-5391100
-- Email mafkal@police.gov.il

Members of Knesset on the Interior Ministry Committee that will decide if the parade will take place:

MK Eli Yishai, Head of Shas faction:
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6662252, (International) +972-2-6662252
-- Phone (US) 011-972-2-6408406, (International) +972-2-6408406
-- Email lishka.sar@moital.gov.il, eyishay@knesset.gov.il

MK Edri, Minister of Jerusalem:
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6753929, (International) +972-2-6753929
-- Phone (US) 011-972-2-6753939, (International) +972-2-6753939
-- Email yedri@knesset.gov.il

MK Hirshson: ahirshson@knesset.gov.il
MK Gidon Ezra: gezra@knesset.gov.il
MK Yuli Tamir: ytamir@knesset.gov.il
MK Roni Baron: rbaron@knesset.gov.il
MK Yitzchak Herzog: iherzog@knesset.gov.il
MK Pines-Paz: pinespaz@knesset.gov.il
MK Rafi Eitan: reitanhantman@knesset.gov.il
MK Yitzchak Cohen: izchakec@knesset.gov.il
MK Eitan Kabel: ecabel@knesset.gov.il

Other government minister's contact info.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Anti-Gay Parade Government Contacts
- - - - by Akiva

Looking for someone to protest to? Try these...

Abraham Dicter , Minister of Internal Security
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6496168, (International) +972-2-6496168
-- Fax (Israel) 02-6496168
-- Phone (US) 011-972-2-6753727, (International) +972-2-6753727
-- Phone (Israel) 02-6753727
-- Email adichter@knesset.gov.il

Mayor Lopianski of Jerusalem
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-6296014, (International) +972-2-6296014
-- Fax (Israel) 02-6296014
-- Email lpuri@jerusalem.muni.il

Jerusalem Police
-- Fax (US) 011-972-2-5391391, (International) +972-2-5391391
-- Fax (Israel) 02-5391391

Thursday, September 28, 2006

news round-up
- - - - by Batya

Here it is.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

why is the Arab terror here ignored?
- - - - by Batya

Jerusalem was left out of a New York Times article about terrorism!

Monday, August 21, 2006

that wall
- - - - by Batya Medad

Here are some pictures of the ghetto wall surrounding northern Jerusalem. Someone even spray-painted the word "ghetto."

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wishing you every success!
- - - - by Yoel.Ben-Avraham


אני מתגורר עם אשתי בקיבוץ אי שם בארץ ובימים של מלחמה בצפון חולפים לפרקים מעל ראשנו מסוקי חה"א בדרכם לצפון. לפני כמה ימים בצאתי מביתי לאוטו בדרך לעבודה הבחנתי בבית השכנים בהסרת רעפים וחשבתי שככול הנראה הם מנצלים את ימי הקיץ לתיקוני רעפים.
I live with my wife in a kibutz somewhere in Israel. During the days of fighting IDF aircraft fly overheadon their way North. A few days agoas I was leaving my home to go to work, I noticed that the neighbours had removed several roof tiles. I thought there were probably exploiting the dry summer days to do some roof repairs.

היום בחזרתי לביתי בחצות הבחנתי באור בוהק העולה מגג הבית. לא לקח לי יותר משלוש שניות להבין מה פשר הרעיון
Today upon my return home I dicerned the glow of light through the roof of their house. It only took me three seconds to comprehend what they had done!

צביקה ורונית אריאל
קיבוץ עין כרמל
Tvika & Ronit Ariel
Kibutz Eyan Karmel

Friday, August 04, 2006

Disengagement's Questions - One Year Later