TRYING TO MAKE A HERO OUT OF GILAD SHALIT

 It’s almost two months since the spectacular release of Hamas’ ‘prisoner’ Gilad Shalit. Kept out of the limelight and protected from the local paparazzi, the time has finally come for news about him …. this time from Israeli Army Radio sources …. can’t be more reliable than that, eh?
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But first, it should be noted that thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons go on hunger strikes every year to bring attention to their plight … incidents that go on without any publicity in the Israeli press or by Army Radio…
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Gilad Shalit phoning his family moments after being returned to Israeli hands, October 18, 2011.

Photo by: IDF Spokesman
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Report: Gilad Shalit went on hunger strike while in Hamas captivity

Abducted IDF soldier Shalit, who was was eventually freed in a prisoner swap deal in October, forced Hamas to take efforts toward his release out of fear for his life, according to Army Radio.

Gilad Shalit went on hunger strike while in Hamas captivity, to pressure Hamas into negotiating his release, Army Radio reported on Sunday, citing “Yediot Aharonot.”

The abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier refused to eat, and consequently forced Hamas to take steps towards his release, out of fear for his life, the report said.

According to the report, Iran and Hamas also gave Israel false information as to Shalit’s whereabouts, in an attempt to lure an IDF extraction team into a booby trapped building.

Shalit was kept underground for the entire duration of his captivity and his guards did not change at any point during that time, the report said.

Shalit was released on October 18 after five years in Hamas captivity in a prisoner exchange deal which saw the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

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A Ynet Report on this situation can be read HERE


STATE OF ISRAEL SUES OCCUPIED WALL STREET MOVEMENT

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For 64 years Israel has maintained an occupation of all Palestinian owned lands and homes. The term ‘occupied’ belongs to them…. Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other, related rights. It is an intellectual property form (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete. Taken FROM
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The State of Israel in no way wants any association whatsoever with the 99%. They are a proud member of the 1%. After consultation with their lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, they were advised to sue the OWS for usurping ‘their’ word without prior permission. Dershowitz was quoted as saying,”Occupation, Apartheid and Genocide are all an integral part of zionism, therefore they are the property of the State of Israel”. Efforts are under way to allow Judge Richard Goldstone to preside over the upcoming hearing. Goldstone himself has issued sworn testimonies in recent months supporting Israel’s ‘right to be evil’.
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The Occupied Wall Street Movement has not yet responded to these ‘charges’. It is expected that they will continue using the word despite ongoing pressure from the ADL, insisting that they are an anti-Semitic Movement. Glenn Beck has echoed Foxman’s words leaving no doubt as to their validity. Despite that, it is expected that O W S  will continue using the disputed word in the hope that Israel’s occupation will end shortly therefore rendering the word ‘public domain’
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Except for the very last sentence, the above is strictly satire in a most sarcastic way.
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Our Associate, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh just penned the following poem, it is very fitting for this post;
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Is hypocrisy sanctified?

Is hypocrisy ignored?
As children of lesser gods cleansed!
While colonial settlers from Europe enriched
and 7 million Palestinian refugees created
dozens of massacres committed
And 540 villages and towns depopulated
putting us here them there as planned!
While speaking of security not for the colonized
And Safety not for the occupied

Is hypocrisy sanctified?
When big brown eyes teared
As Mother was gunned
And Americans mourned
for Rachel bulldozed
While soldiers celebrated
a mission accomplished
and we, who were not chosen or selected
our dead we buried
our wound we licked
or in our drinks we drowned
even shopped while silenced
or behind closed doors muttered
or news on TV cursed
to the world as it is adapted

Is hypocrisy unquestioned?
When rich Abe Foxman “feels” discriminated
and the new Goebles called Regev worried
and Friedman in his column squeaked
Netanyahu hugging racists demanded
and a bar bouncer minister bellowed
and they all told us to be silenced
for only Jewish suffering was allowed
and apathy on today’s atrocities encouraged
as the altered school curricula deemed
a whole history manufactured
bible myths promoted
while archeology ignored
and conflicts promoted
to fulfill prophecies
Hope diminished
Love massacred

Is hypocrisy worshipped?
When some Palestinian politicians adapted?
Their revolutionary spirit long quenched
And with VIP cards in 5 star hotels dined?
And their European-funded studies accumulated
While even prayers in churches and mosques were stopped
and a thousand year old tree was uprooted
And an old man became partially blind
for his olives behind the fence withered
and after a second stroke he was buried
But not in his land….
his neighbor said “with no choice I worked”
So that “with shekels from occupiers I was paid”
But others in suits in front of cameras their mouth opened
And to the dry hot dusty air contributed!

Is hypocrisy normalized?
When, not Bahrain but Syria sanctioned!
And not Yemen, but Libya attacked!
Belligerent Israel with its nukes supported
While Iran, attacking no one, is bullied
And so what if western politicians lied?
After they took the paid junkets and were bribed?
Isn’t it normal for prostitutes to be sold?
And keep millions in apartheid?
While to millions the truth denied?
And poor Americans lose their homes?
While billionaires get more enriched?

Is hypocrisy easily digested?
When 20 racist laws are codified
In an apartheid country supposedly democratized
Or when an Israeli soldier’s life is venerated?
While Thousands of Palestinian chained…
A hundred thousand Injured…
With high walls Surrounded….
In Bantustans warehoused….
Millions ghettoized…
And graves of hundreds of children overflowed…
And as collateral damage justified
an army with a state is called moralized!

Is hypocrisy elevated?
When on Yom Kippur they pledged
Sins and lies to be purified
And their US made F-16s bombed
refugee camps with explosives obliterated
While an old woman in Silwan evicted
And humanitarian ships pirated
Peace Activists on the deck executed
As the dreaded word “bitachon” regurgitated
And again and again Al-Araqib demolished

Is hypocrisy deified?
When monotheistic religions distorted:
Jacob with Elohim/El-lah struggled
And in triumph Isra-El renamed!
When idols like Zionism worshiped
and can’t be challenged
by inferior gentiles who can’t understand
and by us the native “roaches drugged”
Yahweh gave the deed to the land
to those who can create gods from Gold
and gold from hasbara as they lobbied
for yet another war and got readied

Is hypocrisy venerated?
when myths are believed
Jewishness and Zionism worshipped
And ashes of murdered Jews used
Even as living survivors screamed:
not in our name can history be politicized
and “never again” must not be Judaicized

Is hypocrisy exalted?
Or a global intifada launched
London to San Francisco echoed
Wall Street to Sidney “occupied”
our unity in humanity finally emerged
hypocrisy exposed!
Humanity reclaimed!
Love ascertained!

ADL OPENS ADVERTISING AGENCY

I don’t know why companies continue to spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns when just a few choice words will get the ADL to advertise the product for free.
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I never even heard of the product involved, but thanks to the ADL it is now a household word in New York, once again proving that you don’t have to be an anti-Semite to be attacked.
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‘All I want for Xmas is for the ADL to leave me alone ;)
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“In a crude and offensive way of trying to make a point that their vodka is high quality and inexpensive, the billboards evoke a Jewish holiday to imply something that is cheap and of lesser value when compared to the higher value of a Christian holiday,” Meier said.
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‘Hanukkah pricing’ Wodka vodka billboards are anti-Semitic,  ADL charges 

Company bombarded with complaints

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ABC News A Wodka vodka ad on the West Side Highway.

Billboards pitching a cheap vodka to New Yorkers were attacked Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League as anti-Semitic.

The Wódka vodka promotion features two dogs, one in a Santa hat and the other in a yarmulke, and include the message, “Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing.”

ADL regional director Ron Meier said the ad “reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

“In a crude and offensive way of trying to make a point that their vodka is high quality and inexpensive, the billboards evoke a Jewish holiday to imply something that is cheap and of lesser value when compared to the higher value of a Christian holiday,” Meier said.

One of the billboards along the West Side Highway was taken down Tuesday, after the vodka company Panache Beverages in the Flatiron District was bombarded with complaints.

The company vowed to pull all the ads immediately.

“Particularly with the long history of anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money, with the age-old notion that Jews are cheap, to use the Jewish holiday in dealing with issues of money is clearly insensitive and inappropriate,” Meier said.

Wódka vodka — which sells for $9 for a 750 milliliter bottle — has a reputation for irreverent ads, including ones reading “Escort Quality, Hooker Pricing” and “Hamptons Quality, Newark Pricing.”

“We’re surprised. We’re surprised people are vitriolically offended by what we’ve done,” said Dale James, co-owner of the vodka company, adding the ads were not intended to be offensive.

“This is a premium vodka, at a value price. That’s all we’re saying,” Dale told CBS Channel 2 news. “It’s all about value and quality.”

He said he’s even gotten death threats over the ads and has been compared to a Nazi.

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HUMANITARIAN ZIONISM ~~ ‘KILLING ME SOFTLY’

A 12-member Palestinian family has been ordered to vacate its house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan within two weeks.
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They used to come in the middle of the night to illegally evict Palestinian families from THEIR homes, now they give two weeks notice…
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How humanitarian is that?? (sic)
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Palestinian family given two weeks to vacate East Jerusalem home

Himnuta, subsidiary of Jewish National Fund, set to evict the Sumarin family, transfer house to settlers; Himnuta trying to evict family since 1991, says it owns the house they are living in. 

A 12-member Palestinian family has been ordered to vacate its house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan within two weeks.

The party behind the eviction is Himnuta, a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund, which has been trying to get the Sumarin family to leave since 1991. Himnuta claims the house where the Sumarins are living actually belongs to it.

The custodian general confiscated the house from its original owner under the Abandoned Property Law about two decades ago and transferred it to the Development Authority, a state agency. Not long afterward, in the early 1990s, the Development Authority made a deal with Himnuta under which Himnuta received Palestinian land and houses in Silwan in exchange for land near Wadi Ara that the JNF transferred to the state.

Shortly after obtaining these houses, Himnuta leased most of them to Elad, a group engaged in settling Jews in East Jerusalem that also runs the nearby City of David national park. Left-wing activists and Palestinian residents of the neighborhood believe the Sumarin house will also eventually be transferred to Elad, since it is located right at the entrance to the City of David.

Several of the surrounding houses are owned by Elad and have been populated with Jews, and the lawyers who represented Himnuta in the Sumarin case have also represented Elad in many similar cases.

There have been various legal proceedings over the Sumarin house, which produced verdicts both for and against the family. Finally, in 2005, Himnuta filed suit to evict the Sumarins.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court accepted the suit in January 2006, apparently due mainly to negligence by the family’s attorney, which never filed a defense brief. The court ordered the Sumarins to vacate the house and pay Himnuta NIS 1 million in compensation.

For several years thereafter, Himnuta took no further action. But about two months ago, it applied to the Bailiff’s Office and obtained an eviction order from this agency. The order requires the Sumarins to leave by November 28 or face forcible eviction. Meanwhile, the amount of compensation they owe Himnuta has grown to NIS 2 million.

On Sunday, agents from the Bailiff’s Office came to the house with a police escort to seek information from the family. “They asked how many rooms there are, where the back door is and who lives in the house,” said Ahmed Sumarin, 28.

Another family member said that one of visitors added, “In another two weeks, there will be a mezuzah here.”

“I don’t know what to do if they come with force,” said Ahmed Sumarin. “This is our home. My grandfather still lives here. Where will we go? If they take your home away, you can only go onto the street.”

On Tuesday, the family’s new attorney, Muhammad Dahleh, plans to file a request to annul the verdict. “This whole proceeding was mistaken,” he said. “Had a defense brief been filed, it would have been possible to do a lot.”

The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement, which has been helping the family, said that Himnuta’s “eagerness to throw people out of their home in the service of the settlers is another expression of the current government’s thuggish rule. We’ll continue to suffer from the destructiveness of this racist policy until the public rises up against a government that sabotages our future.”

 

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Killing Me Softly …..

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NEW YORK HAS BECOME ‘THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE USA’ ~~ PHOTOS AND VIDEO

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Or so it seems…. as New York’s finest shut down the Wall Street Encampment.
Democracy for the bankers ….. not for the people.
Isn’t that what was meant in The Bill of Rights?
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CORRECTION >>>

The NYPD didn’t shut it down!  It is still there!   Lots of people are joining the occupiers today. THERE IS STILL HOPE!

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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This report deals with the situation

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FIFTH AVENUE SYNAGOGUE ‘SPRAY PAINTED’ WITH PIGS BLOOD ON EVE OF JEWISH FESTIVAL

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Abe Foxman was rudely awakened this morning with the distressing news that one of the largest Jewish houses of worshp in New York was desecrated by extremist elements.
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The ADL was quick to condemn the attack and all local newspapers carried reports of the incident. The White House was very quick to respond as well claiming that it is “unforgivable to desecrate a synagogue”. The statement continued, “it is one thing to oppose the building of a mosque, but a completely different scenario when Jews are targeted”.
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The incident took place on the eve of the Jewish Festival of Shavuot, one of the holiest days on the Hebrew calendar.
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The above DID NOT HAPPEN, it is a fabrication …. BUT the following DID happen, and there was no Foxman or ADL there to condemn the incident. Neither were there reports in the press…. BUT, you can read about it here;
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Wine Bottles Smashed In Al-Aqsa Compound

  by David Steele

Local sources report that a number of Jewish settlers broke into the al-Aqsa compound and began drinking wine and smashing bottles on the floor.

Consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam and such acts are considered desecration. The group allegedly broke through a gate near the Western Wall and were protected by Israeli police. Police only intervened to ensure that angry worshippers from the mosque were kept separate from the settlers.

The al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock are considered the third holiest site in Islam. The act of desecration was allegedly a result of calls to celebrate the Shavuot holiday at the site. Tensions have been particularly high in East Jerusalem recently as a result of inflammatory marches on ‘Jerusalem day’ last week and Israeli MK Michael Ben-Ari’s tour of the mosque with a group of settlers on Tuesday.
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DONALD TRUMP MUST BE A READER OF THIS BLOG

Last week I posted a piece about My Personal Vendetta Against Donald Trump…. I have a notion that he read it and decided to fire himself…. rather than wait for others to do it for him.
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Pool photo by Don Himsel/Reuters -Donald J. Trump chose a new contract with NBC, home of “Celebrity Apprentice,” over a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
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Trump Bows Out, but Spotlight Barely Dims

Donald J. Trump announced on Monday that he would not seek the presidency, a development less important for the Republican field or his national political future — if he ever had one — than for what it said about a media culture that increasingly seems to give the spotlight to the loudest, most outrageous voices.

Read the rest of the New York Times report HERE

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His antics in the political arena will be sorely missed by all. Perhaps now a serious candidate like Sarah Palin will have a chance at the top spot ;)

HILLARY’s ‘ALTERED STATE’ MAKES HEADLINE NEWS IN ISRAELI PRESS

See apology at end of post….

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These are not the days of Kennedy where there were no women to be found in any strategic White House photos. Society has progressed and women now hold major positions the world over, whether some publications like it or not.*

Four days after the fact, a report of Hillary’s ‘altered state’ has finally been reported in the Israeli press. Either they were ashamed of the incident (which they should be) or they just didn’t care (which they shouldn’t).
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Just remember, you read about it here first on DesertPeace :)
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Earth shattering news about censorship or idiocy is not censored here ;)
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The photos in question……
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Haredi paper removes Clinton from photo
Der Tzitung deletes US secretary of state from Situation Room picture showing President Obama and staff watching bin Laden raid

Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung is trying to change history by removing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the recent Situation Room photo showing Clinton alongside Obama and the rest of his staff watching the Osama bin Laden raid.

Apparently the paper doesn’t allow publishing of women in any of the pictures as they could be considered “sexually suggestive.” Der Tzitung also removed Director of Counterterrorism Audry Thomason from the now-iconic photo.

History, it seems, is not devoid of women, not matter how good our photoshopping skills are. To try and pretend that women aren’t part of today’s most important historical moments is ridiculous.

These are not the days of Kennedy where there were no women to be found in any strategic White House photos. Society has progressed and women now hold major positions the world over, whether some publications like it or not.

In the past the White House has banned news organizations who have “manipulated” photos.

Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life

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As it appeared in the newspaper…..

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THIS just off the press…..

U.S. Orthodox newspaper apologizes for altering White House photo

Read the AP Report HERE

THE ‘PROOF’ WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ~~ BIN LADEN IS DEAD AGAIN! ~~ INCLUDING THE LATEST THREATS FROM THE GRAVE

See…. I told you I was dead!
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The non-existent group, and its supporters, Al Qaeda has finally come up with the ‘proof’ we have been waiting for regarding the latest death of their leader Osama Bin Laden, and their plans for the future.
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The ‘proof’ is reported in one of Britain’s most reliable Internet Tabloid Sites known as NEWSTABULOUS. The Net has made life so easy for us, we no longer have to go to the Supermarket and stand in ques to get hold of such reading material.
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To see more of their authentic ‘reporting’ click HERE ….. National Enquirer….. BEWARE! You finally have REAL competition! ‘ENQURING MINDS FINALLY KNOW!

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Here is the report on Bin Laden…. followed by still another….
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 Al Qaeda supporters and supporters of bin Laden, represented by members of the English right-wing English Defense League, marched to and in front of the London US Embassy, in protest of the killing of the leader of the al Qeada radical jihadist group.

Al Qaeda promised to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death and is determined to keep battling the United States.  Al Qaeda has finally acknowledged bin Laden’s death, in a statement made on the internet, intended to convince its ‘supporters that they will stay united, energetic and effective even though their founder has been killed.

The plots attributable to al Qaeda in the past have been costly and vastly detailed, made over an extensive period of time.  However, US intelligence noted more chatter regarding inexpensive, unimpressive attacks, possibly to be undertaken by small radical groups or single individuals, to avenge bin Laden’s death.

Over 100 protesters in a pro-bin Laden rally, in front of the London US Embassy shouted:

“USA, you will pay!”

To date, no solid, believable threat has been discovered.  Random violence, shootings and bombings, which are to be expected, were mentioned. Threat levels have not been elevated, by choice of US and European authorities.

Security forces and law enforcement in 188 countries have been warned by Interpol to be on alert for pay-back attacks.

Regardless of the chatter on the internet, the reaction of the Islamic world in response to the death of bin Laden has been quite low key, as opposed to the fury bin Laden inspired, which makes one wonder about his influence in the Mid East, an area that has been altered by the numerous pro democracy conflicts.

According to The CS Moniter, the words in the statement read:

“You lived as a good man, you died as a martyr”

However, the statement didn’t designate the next in line to be bin Laden’s successor.

Also in the statement, it said:

“The blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is too precious to us and to all Muslims to go in vain.  We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries.”

The authenticity of the statements couldn’t be verified although they are considered authentic.  Al Qaeda’s online media distribution network, the all-Fajir Center, posted information on militant websites, which was written in the style typical of al Qaeda.  A day after the death of bin Laden, the statement was made, supposedly, by the General Command of the organization or in his name.

According to Jay Carney, White House press secretary, US officials knew about the threat and statement.  He further stated:

“What it does obviously is acknowledge the obvious, which is that Osama bin Laden was killed.  We are quite aware of the potential for (terrorist) activity and are highly vigilant on that matter for that reason.”

The statement further read:

“Sheik Osama didn’t build an organization to die when he dies.  The university of faith, Quran and jihad from which bin Laden graduated will not close its doors.  The soldiers of Islam will continue in groups and united, plotting and planning without getting bored, with determination, without giving up until striking a blow.” 

It also said, of the action of the killing of bin Laden, it was done:

“along an established path followed by the best of those who came before him and those who will come after him.”

This acknowledgment made by al Qaeda ought take away the doubt from all, but the most determined “conspiracy theorists” the fact that bin Laden was truly killed and really is dead.

As President Obama said:

“Justice has been done!”

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Following is the rest of the ‘proof’ I promised…. If these two reports fail to convince you that’s it’s all ‘true’ …. I’m at a loss. I have done my best to bring you the ‘facts’……

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British zionism’s ‘resident Muslim’,  Shiraz Maher, contributed the following ‘pertinent’ information to anyone that still might have doubts…

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Jihadis React to Bin Laden’s Death

Islamist Web Sites and The Future of Al Qaeda
Shiraz Maher
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The view from jihadi Internet forums is fascinating these days as al Qaeda members and supporters react to the loss of their leader. Until al Qaeda officially confirmed Osama bin Laden’s death on Friday, confusion dominated the forums, with participants sharply divided between those who embraced the news and those who denied it.

The more stoic members were keen to ensure that their supporters did not lose heart. “We were not fighting for Osama,” Salmakh84 wrote on the Ansar forum. “We were fighting for Allah. The Jihad will continue even if the Amir [leader] is Shaheed [martyred]!!” Another user added: “Those who fought for shaykh usaamah know that shaykh usaamah has passed away, but those who fought for Allaah know that Allaah is alive and will never die.”

As forum members waited for al Qaeda to make a statement, one user pleaded, “Please be patient and put aside all speculations until we receive an official confirmation report from our brothers in the ranks.” Until yesterday, the only confirmation of bin Laden’s death had come from Western media –- an unacceptable source for jihadis. Links to mainstream news stories were flagged as coming from an “unconfirmed kafir [unbeliever] source,” and a user called Ansariyya wrote that he would never “believe a word that comes out of their lying deceitful mouths.” Another added, “Who cares what the kuffaruun [unbeliever] dogs are stating?”

Indeed, some jihadi forums even continued to insist that bin Laden was alive. As late as Thursday, the al Qimmah forum (which is linked to the al Shabaab movement in Somalia) and several others carried a video statement from a man calling himself Commander Waliu al Rahman, which claimed that bin Laden was alive.

Bin Laden’s followers have been quick promise new attacks. One warned that “a million new bin Ladens will be born! And the flag of jihad will be raised! Inshallah.”

Conflicting statements from senior U.S. officials regarding bin Laden’s last minutes only heightened distrust among forum users. According to U.S. President Barack Obama’s initial statement, there was a firefight at the compound, suggesting that bin Laden was armed. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney’s later statements, he was not. The administration also dismissed earlier suggestions that bin Laden had hidden behind his wife. The commenter Ummu Amarah, writing on the popular Ansar forum, summed up users’ frustration: “This is so crazy and confusing … maybe we should stop writing and talking about this news until our brothers have confirmed if the news is true or not.”

As forum members continued to speculate, a user calling himself Mujahid expressed his frustration at the lack of information: “Is there really still no official word out? It’s weird on both ends, the story the americans are saying doesn’t make sense and no official word has been put out yet by AQ pretty unusual.” Administrators from Ansar echoed those sentiments, pointing out that “More than 48 hours have passed and still there is no official statement from Al-Fajr media [al Qaeda’s official online news outlet] regarding the Martyrdom of Sheikh Osama bin laden. The supporters of the Mujahideen are waiting for the official statement with their hands on their hearts.”

Al Qaeda finally confirmed bin Laden’s death on Friday, May 6, on the Ansar and Shumukh forums. The fact “that the Americans have killed Osama is neither shameful nor disgraceful,” the announcement said, since ”men and heroes are only killed on the battlefield, and every soul has an appointed time.” It went on to warn that “Sheikh Osama did not build an organization that would die with him, nor would end with him.”

The delay between his death and the announcement was unusual. Typically, al Qaeda is quick to publicize the death of a leader and hail him as a martyr. In 2006, Ayman al-Zawahiri, then al Qaeda’s second in command, practically canonized Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, on the al Hesbah and Ikhlaas forums after he was killed by a U.S. air strike in Iraq. Similarly, when Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al Qaeda’s alleged financial chief, was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan last year, al Qaeda wasted little time in eulogizing him. Bin Laden and Zawahiri both released official statements of mourning.

Al Qaeda uses such announcements to inspire a wide audience of members –- and potential recruits –- with tales of heroism and the promise of paradise if they participate in jihad. But just how much does the chatter on these forums actually matter? Although jihadi forum members were once considered benign, evidence in recent years suggests that some are anything but armchair jihadis. Take the example of Humam Khalil al-Balawi, who claimed the lives of seven CIA personnel working at Camp Chapman in Afghanistan in December 2009. It was the deadliest attack against American intelligence officers since the 1983 bombing of the American embassy in Beirut, and Balawi became a forum users’ hero because he was one of their own.

Although Balawi had long been associated with extremism, he was also an enthusiastic participant on al Qaeda—linked forums. Over many years, he had risen from contributor to administrator and then to suicide bomber. His case is not exceptional. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has also used jihadi Web forums to communicate directly with Muslims in the West, using encrypted messages to offer detailed instructions on how to conduct jihad. One al Qaeda member, Anwar al-Awlaki, directed Major Nidal Hasan to carry out a terrorist attack at Fort Hood in 2009.

Of course, forum participants do not always become killers in order to serve the jihadi cause. From 2003 to 2005, a young Moroccan in London, Younis Tsouli, ran sophisticated Web sites for the Iraqi insurgency under the pseudonym Irhabi 007 (Terrorist 007). Shortly before British police arrested him, in October 2005, he published a twenty-page document explaining how to hack Web sites. When the controversy surrounding Jyllands-Posten’s publication of cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammed flared up the following year, jihadi hackers systematically bombarded the newspaper’s servers, causing them to overload and crash. On an al Qaeda forum, one member acknowledged, “I am certain that I see his [Younis Tsouli’s] fingerprints on numerous projects.”

Al Qaeda’s increasing reliance on Web forums is telling. Denied safe havens and the ability to educate sympathizers in training camps, the group has prioritized online outreach to radicalize and inspire lone wolves. Almost impossible to detect and requiring practically no preparation, their attacks are primitive but effective, as the case of Hasan demonstrated. And within hours of bin Laden’s death, material aimed at inspiring that kind of attack was reissued on key forums, including one video called “And Incite the Believers” and another celebrating the “blessed Manhattan raid,” a reference to 9/11.

A well regarded and prolific member of the online jihadi community, Assad al-Jihad 2 (Lion of Jihad 2), frequently posts articles on the Ansar and Shumukh forums written on behalf of al Qaeda, and is thought to be a senior member of the group. After news of bin Laden’s death first emerged, he polled forum users to assess their reactions. The overwhelming majority, more than ninety percent, believed that attacks against the United States would increase, and that bin Laden’s death would embolden the movement.

Bin Laden’s influence will linger online for years to come. His followers have been quick to renew their pledge to the jihadi cause and are promising new attacks. One contributor warned on the Ansar forum that “a million new bin Ladens will be born! And the flag of jihad will be raised! Inshallah.” Another, Husain Mahmoud, wrote, “We are a nation who build a lofty fortress with the skulls of its chivalrous men. Whenever a man dies in war, the fortress growers even higher, remaining ever so lofty and elevated!”

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation recently convened a private seminar for leading experts and practitioners to explore whether al Qaeda is in strategic decline. It is — but, as one distinguished participant warned, “Don’t underestimate the ability of a declining threat to inflict great damage on its way down.” The al Qaeda statement confirming bin Laden’s death on Friday suggests that the movement will seek to avenge its leader’s demise, promising further attacks against the United States that “will even make the hair of babies turn grey.”

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FOX NEWS SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON BIN LADEN’S LAST MOMENTS

I dread the thought of not having reliable sources such as Fox News to fill in the gaps on this weeks greatest mystery, Bin Laden’s death ‘again’.
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Surely Fox could have come up with a more realistic tale  involving his last moments…. Let’s see how long this saga takes to get to the ‘Big Screen’ ….. something tells me the script was written years ago.
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More news from the grave …..
“Osama bin Laden was scared and confused in his last moments, shoving his wife at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him.”
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‘Bin Laden shoved his wife at soldiers’

Sources involved in covert operation shed light on last moments of al-Qaeda arch-terrorist. ‘He was scared, completely confused,’ sources tell Fox News

 

“Osama bin Laden was scared and confused in his last moments, shoving his wife at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him,” sources who were involved in the operation that killed al-Qaeda arch-terrorist told Fox News on Thursday.

According to the sources, a frightened bin Laden was unable to reach for his AK-47 and Makarov handgun, and tried blocking the soldiers by shoving his wife on them.


Protesers call Obama to release photos of body (Photo: Taly Shamir)
A White House senior official told Fox News that President Barack Obama on Friday is slated to meet with the team members of the force that was involved in the convert operation.
The source added that Obama met Thursday with Vice Admiral William H. McRaven – who according to The Washington Post commanded the operation – and “personally thanked him in the Oval Room.”
CNN network reported that despite the kidney disease that bin Laden allegedly suffered from for many years, no medical equipment was found in his Abbottabad compound.


Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad (Photo: AP)

Earlier it was reported that only one of the five people who were killed in the raid was armed and opened fire at the American SEALs.
No further information was revealed on what went on in bin Laden’s room, and the White House stressed that it will not disclose any further details.
However, sources reported that the exchange of fire only lasted several minutes, while the rest of the 40-minute-long mission was devoted to collecting computers and documents that may contain valuable information about al-Qaeda.
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MORE ‘KVETCHING’ FROM ZION Re. PRESS REPORTS

The zionists seem more distressed by foreign reports dealing with Wednesday’s ‘terror attack’ than by the attack itself. How can they continue with their ‘victim status’ if the western press doesn’t play along with them? Surely Foxman will come forth with a condemnation regarding this situation shortly. How else can he continue at his job if he doesn’t expose such blatant anti-Semitism?

Yesterday I posted the following; ‘VICTIM STATUS’ NOT SUFFICIENT FOR SOME ZIONISTS

Today they continue ‘kvetching‘ as can be seen in the following report from Ynet….


Terror in J’lem? ‘Palestinian strike,’ Reuters says  

Reuters shies away from characterizing Jerusalem bombing as terror attack, referring to it as ‘Palestinian strike.’ Responding to Ynet inquiry, news agency says ‘it is not up to Reuters to say who carried out attack’

In covering Wednesday’s terror attack in Jerusalem the Reuters news agency was loath to declare a Palestinian terrorist group was behind the bombing.

“Police said it was a ‘terrorist attack’ – Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike,” Reuters reported Wednesday. Many foreign media outlets based their reports on Reuters which described the incident as a “Palestinian strike.”

Among them was Sky News, which later corrected its report, as well as Yahoo News and Swiss Info. CNN was also careful not to place responsibility for the attack on the Palestinians. A report about Israel’s complaint to the Security Council following the attack stated that Israel had described the explosion as a terror attack.

Reuters’ report of Wednesday attack

Earlier this month, Israel demanded an apology from CNN over its coverage of the terrorist attack in Itamar claiming it was “tendentious and deceptive.” A CNN website report avoided describing the event as a terror attack, noting that the Israel Defense Forces consider it an act of terrorism.

Reuters told Ynet in response: “It is not up to Reuters to say who carried out an attack. We always need to quote the authorities, such as the police. On Wednesday, Israeli police used the Hebrew word “peegooa”, without specifically mentioning the Palestinians – but in the local context it is clear that this is who they were referring to. We spelt that out to an international audience to clarify precisely who was being blamed.

“We were certainly not trying to give a judgment value. We were simply seeking to present the facts, with all the correct attribution.

“We have used the same approach for years. This is not a policy we apply only to the Middle East conflict. It is a policy which we use across the globe in all situations.”

PALESTINIANS TALK TOO MUCH….

At least the ones that sit in the Israeli Knesset do

The top spender on cell phone services was MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al), who paid NIS 51,094 ($14,343) on phones and related bills. Overall, Tibi was ninth on the public communication top-spender list.

Perhaps there’s a ‘method to his madness’ ….. every $hekel spent on his phone bill is one less $hekel available to buy a bullet to kill a Palestinian child ;)

Caught in the act ;)


With all the madness that is going on in Israel today, Ynet found the following newsworthy. I guess it’s easier than sending out an investigative reporter to determine if the terror attack on the Jewish settlement might have been the doings of a Thai worker rather than a Palestinian… methinks that wouldn’t take too long to prove or disprove… BUT… in the meantime, the following is what the Israeli reader is given to divert the issues of reality and once again raise questions about ‘disloyal’ Palestinians…..

Arab MKs ‘biggest spenders’ in Knesset  

MKs Tibi, Zahalka spend most on cell phones while Barak, Lieberman scrimp on public communication

Arab MKs Ibrahim Sarsur (United Arab List-Ta’al ) and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) were the highest spenders of the Knesset’s public communication budget, according to a report released recently.

Sarsur took the lead in public communication spending with a total expenditure of NIS 86,565 ($24,330), and Zahalka came in second with NIS 83,139 ($23,374). MK Uri Ariel (National Union) was a close third, with NIS 83,045 ($23,320).

According to the report, Sarsur spent NIS 36,266 ($10,202) on printing materials, NIS 18,108 ($5,093) on leasing a parliamentary office outside the Knesset and NIS 9,711 ($2,728) on cell phones and services. Zahalka spent more than NIS 20,000 ($5,618) on cell phone expenses and leasing a parliamentary office. He bought furniture for the facility for NIS 5,264 ($1,479), and a laptop for over NIS 10,000 ($2,810).

“All of the expenses were done legally, as per the instructions and guidelines of the Knesset,” Sarsur’s spokesman said. He noted that NIS 16,000 ($4,489) was a rollover from 2009′s budget.

Meanwhile, Ariel spent roughly NIS 35,000 ($9,841) on leasing a parliamentary office and NIS 20,000 ($7,029) on professional counseling.

“We are making efforts to work very modestly, and thank God, we are successful,” Ariel said. “I don’t have a coffee maker, flat-screen televisions or other luxuries on my budget. We know very well where each shekel went, and we are certain that the community got it back tenfold.”

Livni, Mofaz spend on counseling

The report also showed that MK Eli Aflalo (Kadima) paid more than NIS 5,000 ($1,405) on press clips, while MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima) spent more than NIS 7,000 ($1,967) on food and drinks for guests he entertained.

While she did not make the top ten list of spenders in the public communication category, Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni‘s expenditures reached as high as NIS 66, 487 ($18,655) in 2010. She spent 36,000 ($10,115) on professional counseling, NIS 6,000 ($1,685) on a laptop and NIS 4,000 ($1,123) on cell phones, among other expenses.

Livni’s rival for Kadima leadership, MK Shaul Mofaz, spent as much as 41,700 ($11,710) on professional counseling over the past year.

The top spender on cell phone services was MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al), who paid NIS 51,094 ($14,343) on phones and related bills. Overall, Tibi was ninth on the public communication top-spender list.

MK Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu), who was eighth on the list, spent NIS 11,534 ($3,235) on a single survey.

The Knesset allocates NIS 80,000 annually to each MK for public communication. MKs who did not stay within the budget received permission to do so from the Knesset accountant.

Barak, Lieberman scrimp on communication

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov and Minister Yossi Peled were the highest-spending ministers – they paid NIS 47,000 ($13,185) and NIS 45,000 (12,625) respectively on public communication.

On the other end of the spectrum, National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau spent NIS 15,000 ($4,208) to stay in touch with the voters, while Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin spent NIS 9,000 ($2,525) each.

Even lower on the list are Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Minister Benny Begin, all of whom did not spend a penny of the public communication budget last year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 3,500 ($982) of the budget in 2010.

JEWS DENIED ACCESS TO FIFTH AVENUE SYNAGOGUE FOR SABBATH PRAYERS

Worshipers were caught on camera crying over this action, reminiscent of darker days just 70 years ago …..


Fearing pro Israeli demonstrations after prayers, the New York Police Department denied access to observant Jews on their way to Sabbath services at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue this morning. This is one of the largest and most popular houses of worship in the city.

Abe Foxman, of the Anti Semite Defamation League, was among those denied access and issued a press release immediately afterwards condemning this action, saying it was the integral right of the Jewish people to hold demonstrations in support of Israel. The release stated that all people should be allowed to express their feelings of support towards a nation they held dear to their hearts.

If the above actually happened (which it didn’t) can you imagine the uproar it would create throughout every Jewish community in the world? Can you imagine the press coverage in every zionist controlled newspaper in the States?

But, when the following ACTUALLY happens, no one seems to give a damn….. just another case of ‘They are only Palestinians’!

Israel restricts access to Al-Aqsa mosque

JERUSALEM  — Access to Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was restricted Friday in a bid to prevent demonstrations in support of the Egyptian uprising after Muslim prayers, police said. 

“This Friday, we are forbidding access to the compound to men under 50 years old carrying an Israeli identity card,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Agence France-Presse.

The directive concerned Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem as well as Israeli citizens of Israel, he said.

All Palestinians from the occupied West Bank were barred, even if they had Israeli papers.

Only 6,000 faithful were able to participate in the prayers as a result of the measures, the Islamic Waqf endowment told AFP.

Rosenfeld said police had reinforced positions in the walled Old City, amid concerns violent demonstrations would be staged after Friday prayers in a show of solidarity with the popular uprising in Egypt.

But only sporadic incidents were reported in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud, where young people threw stones at police who responded with tear gas, onlookers said.

The compound contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.

 


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SEMINAL CONVERSIONS

OR … WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A JEW


It is written in the Old Testament that if the mother of a child is Jewish, so is the child. That has been the premise of ‘who’s a Jew’ for centuries. New interpretations devised by those involved in Jewish Satanic thinking have asserted that a Jewish woman is forbidden to conceive a child with the sperm of a Gentile (especially an Arab).

This has gotten much press coverage in Israel as part of the general racist attitudes towards Arabs as viewed by the right wing rabbinical ‘lawmakers’ of the day. This latest round of Talmudic jibberish was covered on this blog in the following post BELOW THE BELT RACISM ~~ NON-KOSHER SPERM.

BUT…. what about the sperm of newly converted members of the ‘Tribe’, especially those converted during their years of service in the IDF? Do their sperm cells automatically take on the characteristics of a Jew, or is there still a danger that this just not be the case. There seems to be a difference of opinion among the rabbinical ‘sages’ of the day on this matter as can be seen in the following… if the conversion isn’t ‘kosher’, is their sperm?

The Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox journal Yated Neeman launched a direct attack on Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, an adjudicator of religious law and spiritual leader of the political party Shas, over his decision to confirm that conversions to Judaism performed by military rabbis are legal from a religious standpoint.

The Yated Neeman article said that Yosef’s decision was shocking, a “desecration of God’s name,” and an inversion of clear decisions of religious law which will likely lead to “increased danger of major assimilation among the people of Israel.”

ASSIMILATION!!!!! God forbid!

The paragraphs in parenthesis are taken from this HaAretz article; Haredi journal: Rabbi Yosef’s approval of IDF conversions ‘a desecration’

As I see it the only thing being desecrated these days is the name of Jewish people themselves. The recent edicts of the rabbis have caused many people throughout the world look more carefully at the Jewish people as a whole, not realising that these rabbis speak for a, thankfully, small percentage of Jews and Israelis in general.

Those who chose to follow these misinformed ‘leaders’ of the Flock will eventually inbreed themselves out of existence. Perhaps only then will there be a reawakening of reality in the religious community.

HAS ISRAEL BUILT A SETTLEMENT ON THE MOON?

A BBC video clip sent to me from Quebec seems to indicate they just might have…. it was taken during a total solar eclipse a year ago.

Both amazing and frightening.

The Star of David is visible at 1:30 minutes into the video …. on the moon itself.

BEWARE OF ZIONISTS BEARING GIFTS

The Municipality of Jerusalem has published ads in every Israeli newspaper offering free Christmas trees to ‘those who celebrate Christmas’. This is done annually.


BUT …. this year is different …. this is the year that renting or selling apartments to non Jews has become a hot issue in the ‘Holy Land’. This is the year that rabbinical councils in every major city have signed letters declaring this form of racism to be ‘Law’.

I can’t help but think of how the fascists and the FBI operated in the States during the McCarthy days…. watch this cute video to get an idea.


Cute, but very true to reality. Don’t be surprised if some rabbinical geek is out there taking down license plate numbers as you get your free Christmas tree…. then don’t be surprised afterwards if you find your lease or mortgage revoked. You just might join the dozens of families living in tents with those already rendered homeless in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

This ‘ploy’ of zionists bearing gifts could actually turn into a mini census to gather info which could be used against you in the future. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

GOD TURNS ON HIS CHOSEN ONES


Insurance companies in Israel are rejoicing today as the cause of the fire in the north was finally uncovered. Most policies covering property damage have a clause that simply states ‘DOES NOT COVER ACTS OF GOD’, usually in fine print.

Israel’s major Torah ‘Sage’ and racist extraordinaire, Ovadia Yosef, finally issued the long awaited for reason of the fire …. and just as suspected, it was an act of God.

On Friday, a day after fires began blazing on the Mount Carmel range, ultra-Orthodox newspapers called for self-scrutiny, saying the disaster was a sign from God.

During his weekly sermon, the rabbi read a section from the Babylonian Talmud, which states that “the fire only exists in a place where Shabbat is desecrated.”

Carmel wildfire punishment from God?

Shas spiritual rabbi implies fire raging in northern Israel result of ‘desecration of Shabbat’. Haredi newspapers say disaster ‘a warning sign’, call for personal and public self-scrutiny

Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef implied on Saturday night that the fire raging on Mount Carmel in northern Israel was a punishment from God for religious offenses committed by the area’s residents.

During his weekly sermon, the rabbi read a section from the Babylonian Talmud, which states that “the fire only exists in a place where Shabbat is desecrated.”

“A number of houses were destroyed, entire neighborhoods were lost – all under supervision,” the rabbi said. He recommended that people “study Torah, engage in good deeds, repent, observe Shabbat, and know the entire Halacha, and thanks to this God will apply a full recovery.”

On Friday, a day after fires began blazing on the Mount Carmel range, ultra-Orthodox newspapers called for self-scrutiny, saying the disaster was a sign from God.

In its editorial, haredi paper Hamodia said the Carmel wildfires demanded that the people of Israel scrutinize their acts and ask themselves if they caused the disaster.

Under the title “Who by Fire,” the editorial said this was the time for each and every one to look inward and do what is required to improve their lives.

To touch its readers, the paper quoted two phrases from the Yom Kippur liturgy, “Unetanneh Tokef”, according to which each one will be judged on the Day of Judgment – “who will live” and “who will die.”

The Hamevaser newspaper wrote that an investigation committee would probably be set up, but said we must not forget that there are things beyond human control. The editorial noted that in legal language it is known as “force majeure,” and that we know there is a directing force from above without whom it is impossible to even lift a finger “here below.” The Heavens caused the events and lead them to such disastrous levels, the editorial claimed.

“The warning sign sent (Thursday) from above joins the previous warning sign, when we are already in the midst of drought, after a number of years of insufficient rain,” according to the editorial. “These warning signs are sent to wake us, to prod the sleeping from their sleep… Each one must come to conclusions and drive crookedness from his heart… And just as in the days of High Priest Mattathias Ben Yohanan made miracles and wonders (from the Hanukkah story), also in our time, He will save us from the darkest hours.”

‘Invoke heavenly mercy’

In many cases haredi news channels tend to ignore major news events, especially in crime, for educational reasons. However, they were not indifferent to the human tragedy of the bus carrying prison services cadets and the fires still blazing in some areas of the Carmel Forest.

Lithuanian haredi newspaper Yated Ne’eman dedicated nearly all its news pages to the Carmel fires, and both Hamodia and Hamevaser covered the tragedy extensively.
In addition to regular updates, various particularly Jewish points of view were presented, including a red headline over the evacuation of Torah scrolls from the religious kibbutz Nir Etzion, and the instructions of Torah scholars to perform prayer vigils and laments in the yeshivas to invoke heavenly mercy.

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BUSH’S POPULARITY REACHES NEW HIGH … THANKS TO MEMOIR REVIEWS

Digested read: Decision Points by George Bush

By John CraceNeal Fox 16.10.10

Photograph: Neal Fox for the Guardian

During the last days of my presidency I gave serious thought to writing my memoirs. Karl Rove suggested I get a ghost who could write proper sentences and restrict myself to key moments of my time in office that I could retell to my advantage. So what follows is selective euphoric recall.

Quitting drinking was the toughest decision I’ve ever made. Those closest to me were begging me to carry on. “Think what you’re doing, George,” they cried. “If you do get sober, you’ll go on to be president and wreck the lives of countless people. Do us all a favour and keep getting legless.” I’m happy to say the only legless people these days are the US servicemen returning from Afghanistan.

I was extremely proud when my father installed me as governor of Texas. During my time in office I managed to build a new ball park for the Texas Rangers and execute record numbers of mentally ill prisoners. I had no aspirations to higher office until God told me I had a duty to serve my country.

“But Daddy,” I said, “I haven’t a clue what I’m doing.” “That’s precisely why you’re the right man. Keep your mouth shut and appoint my friends to key jobs and you’ll be fine.” “And what if we lose the election?” “Your brother Jeb can fix things in Florida.”

I have a great sense of humour, but even I struggled to crack a joke on 11 September 2001. As the twin towers collapsed, I was certain we were being attacked. I just didn’t know by whom. I was experiencing the fog of war. “It’s al-Qaida,’ said Condi. “Any relation to Al Gore?” I asked. Condi shook her head. I’d never heard of the Islamic turrurists with a penchant for blowing things up before, but I damn sure haven’t forgotten them since. “Turrurism against our nation will not stand,” I announced on television. “And for those who aren’t too sure what that means, let me put it another way. We’re going to kick raghead asses.”

The first person to telephone me was Prime Minister Tony Blears. “I want you to know Britain is with you all the way, George. By the way, I just love your macho jeans and cowboy boots.” I appreciated that kind of no-nonsense support and over the years Terry Blair has gone on to be one of America’s most faithful lapdogs and people should stop being so beastly to him.

It was soon clear going into Afghanistan and installing a corrupt government was not going to be enough in the war on turrur. We would need to invade Iraqistan. People have criticised me for allowing the CIA to sanction waterboarding. Well, let me say here and now that the intelligence gained prevented numerous atrocities, though unfortunately not the invasion of Iraqistan itself. It remains a matter of some regret to me that our intelligence on WMD was entirely incorrect.

On reflection, I also regret shouting “mission accomplished” as Iraqistan descended into chaos and anarchy, but I am proud to have brought democracy and Christian values to that part of the world and if mistakes were made they were definitely someone else’s. And let me make it quite clear I also gave serious thought to extending the Freedom Crusade to Iranistan, Syria and France. Make no mistake, God is not a Mozzer.

The most hurtful moment of my presidency was being called a racist for abandoning the black folk to their fate after Hurricane Katrina. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason I did next to nothing was because they were poor and had voted Democrat. I was also just as shocked as everyone else by the greed of the financial sector that brought the US economy to its knees. I can honestly say Daddy’s friends never told me that a total lack of financial regulation and a programme of tax breaks for the rich would be so disastrous.

Oh dear. I seem to have run out of space to include my contribution to global warming, but as I left the White House for the last time, my little dog Barney shat on the lawn. I knelt down to clean it up, but thought, “Sod it. We’ll leave this mess for someone else.”

Digested read, digested: Most of which I got wrong.

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WHAT BUSH’S BOOK LOOKED LIKE BEFORE EDITING

The First Draft of George W. Bush’s Memoir


During my five year term as President of America, I made many impotent decisions. Dick told me being president would be easy but he was wrong, and you can only fool him twice so shame on me. Dick never told me there’d be a Congress. This was a big dose of realty for me.

I’m proud of my many initiatives, like establishing the Hometown Security Department and passing the Parakeet Act.

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have raised the defecate. But other presidents did that too. When you study history, sometimes you have to think about things that happened in the past.

I love this country. As George Washington, the Husband of our Country, once said: “I wish I had more than two lives to give to my country.” I agree halfheartedly!

It was hard being President of America. Lots of folks didn’t think I did a good job, but like I always say, “People in glass houses should wear their shoes on the other foot.” I guess they never heard my speech about that in the Ross Garden.

I was The Decider, so I always did what Dick said.

One of my first hard desertions was deciding whether to finish reading My Pet Goat. I knew there was a crisis going on, but I really wanted to know what happened to the goat at the end of the book. This was tough, but I finished the book later. It took me a week because I had to look stuff up in my dictionary. Laura helped me. She used to be a Liberrian before she changed to Republican.

One of my favorite things was wearing that flight suit on that aircraft career to tell everybody that the Iraq War was a missionary accomplice. I looked pretty hot in that, I thought. If they’d given me a flight suit like that when I was in the Natural Guard, I would have stayed longer. No, maybe not. I’ll have to give that further consternation.

I know I took too long to activate myself to the crisis in New Orleans, but I thought Hurricane Katrina, was a woman boxer not a rain storm until Brownie told me. I called him Brownie because his last name was Brown, not because I like brownies. That was a big misunderstanding in my administration.

I love Texas. It’s the greatest state in the onion, if you ask me. Like they say “Nothing is certain in life except debt in Texas.”

You know, I still don’t understand why people made such a fuss about water boarding. When I was a kid, I used to love riding the waves at Kennybunkport and I thought the terrorists would too because they lived in the dessert. I know I’d love to ride a camel some day.

How do I feel now? To be honest, after five long years, I’m glad to be retarded from the Presidency of America, but I kind of miss the Ovary Office and that song, “Hail to the Chef.”

But my leprosy will live on forever.

 

*John Blumenthal has been a professional comedy writer for 25 years. A former associate editor and columnist at Playboy Magazine (following a short stint at Esquire), he’s written 8 books and 2 produced movies. His films include “Short Time,” (major flop), and “Blue Streak” (huge hit, no idea why.) His last two novels, both published by St. Martin’s Press, were “What’s Wrong With Dorfman?” and “Millard Fillmore, Mon Amour,” (only available online now). They were both huge bestsellers among the members of his immediate family.

 

 

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OMG! THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A NON JEW ABOARD THE ‘JEWISH BOAT’ TO GAZA

The following report was page two news in the Jerusalem Post’s hardcopy edition today….. Earth shattering news!

The sources in Germany never properly checked her credentials…. how else could such a fiasco take place?
Another one of the great mysteries of life that we will never clearly understand.


BUT…. can you even imagine that a non Jew, or worse yet…. a convert, might be interested in helping to end the blockade of Gaza….. totally unexplainable!


IDF Photo

German faked conversion to board ‘Jewish’ Gaza boat

Television producers face flak for false report, say “not customary to pressure people to produce conversion documents before interviews.”

 

BERLIN – The German passenger aboard the Irene catamaran that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza last month appears to have invented her conversion to Judaism, Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Tuesday. 

“Edith Lutz is definitely a Jew, like a smoked pork chop is kosher,” reporter Henryk M.Broder wrote.

The Irene, organized by the British NGO Jews for Justice for Palestinians, supposedly carried a total of nine passengers and crew members, all Jews, to show that not all Jews supported Israel’s Gaza policies. The Israel Navy diverted it to Ashdod Port.

According to the Tagesspiegel report, the German Jewish psychologist Dr. Rolf Verleger asked Lutz if she formally converted to Judaism, and she “did not dispel the suspicion” that she is not Jewish.

The German television program ARD-Magazin Monitor broadcast a widely-seen report in June, in which Lutz was named as a representative of “Jews from

 

Germany,” and as part of a group of Germans Jews who want to show that “they are not in agreement with the policies of Israel.” 

Monitor’s producers have been accused of sloppy journalism for failing to diligently factcheck Lutz’s credentials as a converted Jew, and turning her into a representative of Germany’s 106,000 Jews.

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily on Wednesday termed the Monitor report “embarrassing” and noted that many German news organizations have paraded Lutz as a “prominent spokesperson for the organization ‘Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East’ – and she is not a Jew.”

Sonia Seymour Mikich, the editor-in-chief of Monitor, seemed to duck the criticisms in a statement on why the program presented a woman masquerading as a converted Jew.

It “is not customary for Monitor to pressure people to produce baptismal and conversion documents in order to conduct interviews,” she wrote.

Mikich further noted that Lutz wishes to “continue to protect her private life.”

Many German journalists devote a great deal of coverage to fringe Jews who bash the Jewish state.

The popular pro-Israeli blogger website Lizas

 

Welt wrote on Tuesday that Lutz’s tirades against Israel are “what the majority in Germany wants to hear.” 

Lizas Welt slammed Lutz’s “verbal attacks on Israel” as including equating the Jewish state’s actions with those of the Nazis.

Lutz has stated that the Israeli government issued her passport without a “deportation stamp.” The word “deportation” in a German context carries a Nazi-era connotation from the time when Europe’s Jews were deported to extermination camps.

Nathan Gelbart, the Berlin-based attorney who heads the German branch of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that “over 7 million people live in Israel’s democracy, which, in contrast to their more than 30 million Arab

 

neighbors, are allowed to openly discuss the controversy surrounding the appropriateness of the sea blockade of Gaza. And Israelis openly discuss the blockade. 

“Edith Lutz, whether Jew or non-Jew, is needed in Israel as much as her three backpacks that she sought to bring to Gaza – that is to say, not at all.”

 

According to a report from Ulrich Sahm, a veteran journalist in Israel, Lutz brought three backpacks that contained stuffed animals, second hand toys and musical instruments on the Irene.

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