Site Meter Yehudi Yerushalmi: 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

It Caught My Eye #29

From: It Caught My Eye 29

Europe is turning into nothing but a tourist trap, with museum attendants and gondoliers and the like preserving the past just to live off it.
David Pryce-Jones quoting Walter Laqueur
Hamas motto: We love death as much as the Jews love life.
Reply: All who love death more than life should kill himself immediately.
Denis Prager
It recently emerged that British police had known for more than a decade that Muslim rape gangs were targeting young girls, but they ignored the evidence of rapes because "they were petrified of being called racist."
Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute
In 1920 when the ban on the sale of liquor was implemented in the U.S, Jewish families were allowed to make and possess 10 gallons of kosher wine per year for religious purposes. The year 1924 saw the distribution of 2,944,764 gallons of "kosher wine."  The periodical American Hebrew expressed amazement at how fast Judaism was growing.
Lawrence J. Epstein, Jewish Ideas Daily
The International Olympic Committee turned down Israel’s request to have a minute of silence at this year’s Games in memory of the Munich massacre 40 years ago. The role of international organizations is to condemn Israel, not to remember or regret murderous violence against its citizens.
Jay Nordlinger, National Review
President Obama appointed Hannah Rosenthal as the special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. She served with Americans for Peace Now, part of the boycott, disinvestments and sanctions movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel and believes Jews are to blame for anti-Semitism because of their support for Israel. Eileen F. Toplansky, American Thinker
Israel’s Check-Cap has developed a tiny capsule that travels through the intestines, snapping 360-degree X-ray images and continuously transmitting information to a wrist-worn data receiver reporting on the prevalence of polyps, the precursors of colorectal cancer. All you’ll have to do is swallow a tiny capsule. No colonoscopy, no hospital visit.
Daniel Ben Tal,  Israeli 21c
Claire Lomas, a paralysed woman (from the chest down) became the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit. She finished the London Marathon [42.195 km] 16 days after the race began. A number of celebrities lent their support by walking a mile alongside her. Although she did not receive a medal when she finished, a number of marathon runners donated their medals to her.
Tom Gross
Listening to a record [compared to a live symphony orchestra] is like kissing a photograph of Brigitte Bardot. Sergiu Celibidache, the late Romanian conductor, quoted by Jay Nordlinger
It may be the hardest to solve, but the Middle East conflict is the easiest conflict in the world to describe. In a nutshell: Israel would like to exist and recognizes the Palestinians right to have a state. But the Palestinians, other Arabs and Moslems do not recognize the right of a Jewish State of Israel to exist. Denis Prager.
Millions are spent by Arab interests on public relations campaigns. The owner of one of the 25 largest US PR agencies in America [not Torossian]explained why his firm would no longer work with Jewish organizations. He said there is simply too much money working for Arab interests and he was no longer working for pro-Israeli organizations. It’s a trend that will grow – and will see Arab interests even more positively portrayed in American media. Ronn Torossian, President & CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations, Front Page
Anti-Semitism is like alcoholism. You can go for 25 years without a drink, but if things go bad and you find yourself with a vodka in your hand, you can't get rid of it. British novelist Iain Pears.
It is a moral scandal that a few decades after the catastrophe that overtook the Jewish people in Europe, anti-Semitic themes and ruses are once again respectable, not just down there with the thugs, but also within polite society, and within the perimeters of a self-flattering liberal and left opinion. It is a bleak lesson to all but those unwilling to see.
Norman Geras Professor Emeritus University of Manchester quoted by Rick Richman,
A new survey commissioned by the BBC shows that the four least popular countries in the world are Pakistan, Iran, North Korea – and Israel. In America 50% took a positive view of Israel and 35 percent were negative: Russia 25-26%; Canada 25-59%; France 20-65, Britain 16-68, Germany 16-69, Spain 12-74. The Nigerians (54-29) and Kenyans (45-31) were far friendlier to Israel than any West European country. The country that was most hostile of all, even more than Arab countries, was Japan, where only 3 percent had a positive view of Israel.
Bruce Bawer, Front Page
Days after taking office, Putin's Russia staged the first successful test-launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of breaching defence systems now being developed by NATO. 
Sixty countries, including 30 non-Nato members with no connections to NATO, attended the Nato meeting in Chicago. Israel was not invited. Did no one remember to invite the American ally that controls the Middle East’s most powerful military or did America succumb to Turkey’s veto?
Omri Ceren, Commentary Magazine
The new French cabinet will have three Muslim members, one will serve as Minister of Women’s Rights and spokesperson for the French government; another has been vocal in blaming Israel for France’s foreign affairs problems; the third has worked to perpetuate the myth that the problems caused by Muslim immigrants are due to French racism, rather than to Islam. In addition the new Justice Minister, who has no law degree, was one of only a handful of members of the National Assembly to have voted against the law banning hijabs in schools.
Daniel Greenfield, Front Page
In June 2009 Swedish authorities took Domenic Johansson into custody because he was being home schooled. He was on an airliner waiting to fly with the family back to India where they were planning to resettle. Ever since, the Johannsons have been fighting the Swedish government for custody of their son.
Bob Unruh, WND
Søren Espersen of the Danish Folkeparti described his experience when visiting high schoolsin Denmark.  “Talented and articulate” kids explained to him the history of Israel as it’s been taught to them.  After the Holocaust, they informed him, the Western countries, led by the U.S. and Britain, flew “massive numbers of American, English, German and Polish Jews” to Palestine, where “they chased all the Palestinians out of their houses with gunpowder and cannons and other modern weapons, helped by the British and Americans, and sent them to refugee camps, where they have been ever since.” 
“ Daniel,”a 17-year-old Norwegian Jew told him how he was “ sitting at the library playing an Internet game that involves shooting the greatest possible number of people with bows and arrows. A kid walked in….’Pretend you’re shooting a Jew,’ he commented enthusiastically.’”
Daniel recalls,  “During the Gaza demonstrations, people went around with posters in Arabic saying ‘Kill all Jews.’  He points out that in school if he were to call for the murder of all Muslims or Christians, he would probably be sent to the principal or worse; but when people call for the murder of all Jews, it’s treated as a question of free speech.
Bruce Bawer, Front Page
A biker was riding by the zoo, when he saw a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabbed her by the cuff of her jacket and tried to pull her inside. The biker jumped off his bike, ran to the cage and hit the lion on the nose with a powerful punch. The lion jumped back and let go of the girl. A reporter saw the whole scene, and said, 'Sir, that was a very brave thing you did.' 'Why, it was nothing,' the biker replied. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.'

'I noticed a patch on your jacket,' said the journalist. 'Yeah, I ride with an Israeli motorcycle club,' the biker replied.' Well, I'll make sure this will not go unnoticed. I'm a journalist with the New York Times.
The following morning the New York Times had the following headline: 'ISRAELI GANG MEMBER ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH'
During a presentation at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a respected Israeli think tank, José Maria Aznar, former prime minister of Spain, recalled a “private discussion” in Tehran in October of 2000 with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who told him: “Israel must be burned to the ground and made to disappear from the face of the Earth.” Dore Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. wanted to be certain there was no misunderstanding. He asked Aznar whether Khamenei was suggesting “a gradual historical process.“ He meant physical termination through military force,” Aznar replied. Khamenei also told Aznar that the goal of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 has remained constant. It is to rid the world of two evils: Israel and the United States
Aznar also recalled a meeting he had with Vladimir Putin, in which he advised the Russian president against selling surface-to-air missiles to Iran. “Don’t worry — we can sell them everything, even if we are worried by an Iranian nuclear bomb,” Aznar quoted Putin as saying. “Because at the end of the day, Israel will take care of it.”
Clifford May. Jewish World Review
August Haussleiter, a former SS officer and a founding member of the Nazi Party, started the German Green Party based on 19th century writings that popularized a cult ideology of the old-fashioned German country people or Volk. The Volk derived their “genuine” souls from their “rootedness” in the land, shared ancestral kinship, and connection to nature. In contrast, Jews, represented corrupt urban modernity, lacked ties to the land, were soulless and thus could never be part of the German Volk.
Although the existence, influence and consequences of the "green wing" on the Nazi movement has yet to be adequately researched, there is a theory put forward by Peter Staudenmaier, a professor of German history, that ecofascism played a big role in the search for the Final Solution. At the heart of this theory is that this “völkisch temptation” was a pathological response to modernity. Völkisch thinkers preached a return to the land, to the simplicity and wholeness of a life attuned to nature's purity. While "the Volkish movement aspired to reconstruct the society that was sanctioned by history, rooted in nature, and in communion with the cosmic life spirit," Jews had foisted on them the hostile milieu of urban industrial civilization.
The most prominent top Nazi leaders who searched for a lost connection to nature were Heinrich Himmler, Alfred Rosenberg, and Walther Darré. Rosenberg wrote in his colossal The Myth of the 20th Century: "Today we see the steady stream from the countryside to the city, deadly for the Volk. The cities swell ever larger, unnerving the Volk and destroying the threads which bind humanity to nature; they attract adventurers and profiteers of all colors, thereby fostering racial chaos."
Adapted from an interview between Jamie Glazov and Robert Zubrin; and Ecofascism by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier
1, Israelis live in posh houses stocked with all the latest appliances. Arabs live in crumbling shacks that are always in danger of being bulldozed.
2. Israelis are fanatical and hate-filled. Arabs are passionate and embittered.
3. Be sure to call a terrorist prisoner in an Israeli jail a militant. Do not mention the sheer amount of food in the prison, especially if he is on a hunger strike. If you happen to notice that the prisoners live better than most Israelis, do not refer to it. Never ask them how many children they killed or how much they make a month. Ask them what they think the prospects for peace are. Nod knowingly when they say that it’s up to Israel.
4. Depersonalize Israelis, personalize Muslims. One is a statistic, the other a precious snowflake. A Muslim terrorist attack is always in retaliation for something, but an Israeli attack only feeds the “Cycle of Violence.” Quote some official who urges Israel to return to peace negotiations.
5. Frame all Israeli politics by asking whether a politician is finally willing to make the compromises that you think are necessary for peace. A vote for a conservative party means that Israelis hate peace.
6. Israeli soldiers should be depicted looming menacingly over children. Your stringers are already experienced at urging a child into camera range, then getting down on one knee and tilting the camera up just as an Israeli soldier walks into the frame. If there isn’t time to set up the shot, get what you can. The photo can be cropped afterward to show just the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian child, even if the two are not actually interacting in any way.
7. Checkpoint lines should consist entirely of old people and pregnant women waiting to visit their families.
8. Describe “settlers as “dogged” and “fanatical.” Convey to the reader that there is something disturbing about the tenacity with which they cling to the land, while making it clear that they will have to be evacuated from the land for there to be peace.
9. Palestinian politicians are always willing to make peace, even when they aren’t. Never ask them any tough questions, about the their support for terrorists or why they refuse to negotiate.
10. If an Israeli tells you that there is no such thing as Palestinians, that they’re gangs of Muslim militias who have no interest in running their own country, or that Jordan is the actual Palestinian State, ignore him. You’re here to tell a story.
11. Close with an old Arab man who expresses hope that one day peace will come to this troubled land.
Daniel Greenfield, Front Page


Monday, February 13, 2012

UN Condemns Israel for Judaizing the Talmud

In a related item, UNESCO declares Rashi an ancient "Palestinian Islamic Sage".

A special UN rapporteur condemned Israel yesterday for Judaizing the Talmud. "The Judaization of the Talmud is the new frontier of dispossession of the traditional Palestinian Religious and Intellectual Heritage" said Eva Nudnik, a special rapporteur appointed by the United Nations Committee for The Establishment of a Palestinian History.

She accused the government of Israel of collaborating with extremist rabbis in a effort to eradicate any traces of signs of the true Palestinian and Islamic claim to the Talmud. Nudnik was especially annoyed with the Artscroll Schottenstein edition which she said is a devious effort to establish and spread a false Jewish claim to the Talmud.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the PA will never recognize any Jewish connection to the Talmud.

UNESCO declares Rashi an ancient "Palestinian Islamic Sage".

UNESCO last week declared Rashi to be an ancient Palestinian Islamic sage and called for the establishment of a fund to raze the "Rashi Shul" in Worms, Germany and to erect in its place a Mosque and a Museum in the memory of the ancient Islamic Imam.

Palestinian Minister of Culture, Mr Yahya Yaklef congratulated the UNESCO vote to forbid any Jewish access to Rashi's burial site in Troyes.