SHIMON PERES SAYS “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO NEW BANK JOB

Just two days it was reported that Israel’s former President signed a contract for $30 Million  a month with Bank Hapoalim.

It all started with this …..

I posted about it under HUMOUR … but apparently Peres didn’t think it was very funny …

Peres pulls out of Bank Hapoalim deal following criticism

Former President Shimon Peres pulled out a lucrative deal to represent Bank Hapoalim, but said that media reports about the nature of the deal were inaccurate.

Financial newspaper The Marker had reported earlier in the week that Bank Hapoalim was paying Peres $30,000 a month to serve as a lobbyist, representing its interests to players such as likely finance minister Moshe Kahlon. The story caused an uproar, inviting criticism from politicians and commentators.In a Thursday interview with Channel 2, Peres said that the deal had actually been to help a US branch of the bank bring more investors to Israel, and had no relation to domestic issues.

“What we agreed to and what was publicized, there was no connection between the two,” Peres said. The point, he said, “was to explain to them that Israel is a good investment. I’m essentially explaining why they should invest in Israel.”

He also said that he intended to put the money into social causes and investing in science. “I wouldn’t have done something that has the smell of money. I’m surprised they’re even asking about this, I think this is proper service. I am not a lobbyist at all,” he said.

Peres said he decided to cancel the deal altogether instead of simply explaining his perspective in order to put any doubts to rest.

“I decided that in any case, for me, it’s not really a financial issue but a public issue, and it’s important for me to maintain public trust, so I canceled the deal and the that’s the end of it,” he said.

“I want it to be crystal clear. That’s how  I’ve behaved all my life, and I don’t want someone to spoil it because of an incorrect story,” he added.

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Perhaps he would be better suited at selling BBQs at Home Centre ...

Perhaps he would be better suited at selling BBQs at Home Centre …

WHEN BOB DYLAN WAS A ‘MENTCH’

Once an integral part of the 'Protest Movement', now a target of the protests.

Once an integral part of the ‘Protest Movement’, now a target of the protests.

Bob Dylan has a long and mixed history … although he would appear to be the perfect political ally for a Free Palestine, his human and civil rights bona fides have faded over time – to the point of non-existence. (SEE) He was once considered to be a real mentch, today he is nothing but a has-been. But, despite that a work of the past sparked a protest at an Israeli University today …

Bob Dylan song stirs controversy at college memorial ceremony

Students of the Oranim Academic College in northern Israel, left a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers at their college outraged after Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ qouted during speech.

Students from a college in northern Israel left a Memorial Day ceremony outraged on Tuesday after a speech quoted the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Master’s of War,” which they misunderstood as calling for the death of soldiers.

The following lyrics were quoted during the speech given at the Oranim Academic college by the head of the local student union:

“And I hope that you die

And your death’ll come soon

I will follow your casket

In the pale afternoon

And I’ll watch while you’re lowered

Down to your deathbed

And I’ll stand over your grave

‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.”

The use of the song’s lyrics, written by Bob Dylan in the 60s’ about the Cold War, upset several of the students who attended the ceremony.

“It is an embarrassment and shameful that the stage was given to this kind of hostile song on the holiest day during which we remember our soldiers, the heroes, who gave their souls for the homeland so that you could sleep quietly at night,” wrote one student named Liat on the college’s Facebook page.

Another student wrote that the use of the lyrics “lacked respect for those who in their death gave us life. I’m ashamed to be a part of this.”

Other students encouraged each other to break out in mass protest against the use of lyrics. “The text calls for the death of generals,” wrote a student.

However, according to a statement by Dylan when talking about the lyrics of the song in the past, the song was meant to be pacifistic – calling for the end of war – and is not about soldiers, but rather those profiting from war.

“It’s not an anti-war song. It’s speaking against what Eisenhower was calling a military-industrial complex as he was making his exit from the presidency. That spirit was in the air, and I picked it up,” Dylan said in an interview with USA Today in 2001.

Israel Maoz, another student at Oranim Academic College wrote: “You really have gone out of your mind with the reading to this text that is hurtful and lack any logic on the eve of Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers. You do not have to make everything political. It seems as though the colleges are running a competition on which can be more radical with its positions against everything and its embarrassing.”

Other students called on the government to stop funding the college, while others even suggested that the college look for donation from the Palestinian Authority.

The colllege’s student union, who organized the event, offered its response to the controversy. “The song clearly represents an anti-war stance and does not call for violence, partisanship or incitement.”

The student union added that the “song expresses the feelings of large sections of Israeli society and in general is legitimate and should not be interpreted in a way that could be seen as hostile, violent or provocation for provocation’s sake or even as an anti-establishment statement.

“The song does not refer to any specific group in Israeli society, overtly or covertly (not IDF soldiers, political party or public figures),” the student union said.

The Oranim Academic College offered a response which read: “The song ‘Masters of War’ by Bob Dylan that was read during the Memorial Day ceremony at Oranim is a song that stirs a debate and does not reflect the official stance of the college or the official stance of the student union.

“It expresses one of many emotions that awaken during a time of grievance and anger about those killed during war. But once this position was presented, which evoked emotion and controversy; it must be handled with sensitivity and responsibility, as is expected by an academic institution whose heart is educational engagement.”

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HOW YOUTUBE SAVED SHIMON PERES’ LIFE

Remember this …..

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres goes Job Hunting in Hilarious Parody Video 

It paid off in the end!

Former president hired to consult bank and speak at bank’s events; sources close to Peres say pay goes entirely to charity. 

Peres to get $30,000 a month to promote Bank Hapoalim’s activities abroad

Bank Hapoalim hired the services of former president Shimon Peres, who will collect a paycheck of $30,000 a month to promote the bank’s activities abroad, particularly in the United States.

Peres established a financial firm called “Peres and Associates” several months ago, which aims to work with Israeli companies to promote their activities in both existing and new markets across the world.

Sources close to the former president said any pay Peres receives for the company’s services will go to charity.

“The consultant will provide the bank with services to promote its businesses in international markets, including the United States,” the agreement signed between the two sides said. “The consultation will be done professionally and under the accepted standards.”

Peres is being paid for his speaking at bank events, and the contract includes several events across the United States.

At the end of April, Peres is expected to attend a special event Bank Hapoalim is holding in New York to mark its 40 years of activity in the US.

The event, to be held at the Natural History Museum in New York City, will cost the bank some $1-1.5 million. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and 700 other invitees will also be in attendance.

Bank Hapoalim is currently under investigation by American authorities on suspicion it aided its clients evade paying taxes.

Bank Hapoalim declined to comment on the story.

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My addition ….

I just wonder if the IRS will be one of the ‘charities’ Peres will contribute to because of the following …

Bank Hapoalim is currently under investigation by American authorities on suspicion it aided its clients evade paying taxes.

70 YEARS AFTER THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ SOME ISRAELIS STILL HAVE ‘RESPECT’ FOR RACISM

Never Again! ~~ Unless They Are Palestinians!! 
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Does the number mean anything today? (FROM)

Does the number mean anything today? (FROM)

The coach of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football team has said that he won’t bring on an Arab player out of respect for his club’s racist fans.

Players for Beitar Jerusalem, seen in yellow and black jerseys at a recent match against Maccabi Haifa, won’t have an Arab teammate any time soon, coach promises. (Henk Vogel/Flickr)

Players for Beitar Jerusalem, seen in yellow and black jerseys at a recent match against Maccabi Haifa, won’t have an Arab teammate any time soon, coach promises. (Henk Vogel/Flickr)

No Arab players need apply to Israeli football team, coach says

The coach of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football team has said that he won’t bring on an Arab player out of respect for his club’s racist fans.

“I don’t think it’s the right time. It would cause tensions and create much greater damage,” Guy Levi told Israel’s 102FM radio, according to Ynet.

Levi said that he didn’t think there were any Palestinian citizens of Israel who would play for his team.

“Even if there were a player who fit in professionally, I would not bring him in,” Levi said, “because it would create unnecessary tensions.”

While racism is endemic in Israeli football, Beitar is particularly notorious for the violence and hatred of its fans who have habitually rampaged in the streets chanting “Death to the Arabs” and anti-Muslim slurs.

Asked if he didn’t think bringing in an Arab player would help change the racist culture of the fans, Levi replied: “Let the education minister change the culture and not ask us to change the culture of a people that is centuries old.”

Levi said his job was to “coach the team, not to educate anyone.”

He then praised the club’s fans, which he called by their nickname “La Familia”: “I met La Familia recently, excellent people and fantastic fans. I respect the people who support my team.”

Six Israelis arrested for last summer’s abduction and lynching of Palestinian teenagerMuhammad Abu Khudair in eastern occupied Jerusalem were all reportedly members of “La Familia,” and would therefore have regularly been exposed to racist incitement.

Appeasing racists

In 2013, Beitar managers angered fans by bringing on two Muslim players from Chechnya.

Club manager Eli Cohen tried to calm them at the time by saying that “There’s a difference … between a European Muslim and an Arab Muslim.”

Ahmed Tibi, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a member of Israel’s parliament, condemned Levi’s statements.

“This is the kind of thing that encourages racism and hatred in Israeli society in general and in Israeli football in particular,” Tibi said.

Tibi noted that the international football federation FIFA would take a keen interest as it already monitors racism in the Israeli league.

International pressure

FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA have long been under pressure to sanction or suspend Israel over pervasive racism.

But while other countries have suffered sanctions for racism, Israel has so far been given impunity.

Despite the pervasive racism, there are some Arab players on predominantly Jewish teams and Jewish players on predominantly Arab teams in the Israeli league.

With thanks to David Sheen for spotting this story.

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As the title of this post says, it’s only SOME Israelis that are involved …

There are many others who are not (Click on link)

IN ISRAEL ~~ A REAL PEACE PROCESS ON THE SOCCER FIELD

IT TAKES MORE THAN ISLAMOPHOBIA TO BE PRO ISRAEL

Pamela Geller’s antics are an embarrassment to zionist groups

Indeed, mainstream pro-Israel groups like Anti-Defamation League have condemned Geller and the anti-Islam message of the Philly bus ad.

Daughter of Satan

Daughter of Satan

I found an interesting read on the pages of UK Media Watch, formerly called CIF Watch. They are the mouthpiece for British zionism and finally found something worthwhile to mouth off about. I’m pretty sure you will find it of interest as well ….

Guardian/AP falsely describes org founded by Pamela Geller as a ‘pro-Israel group’

Pamela Geller peddles in conspiracy theories, makes common cause with extremists, and advances hyperbolic, divisive and extremely misleading narratives about the so-called threat of “Islamization” of the United States. Geller was even bannedfrom entering the UK by Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, “on the grounds that her statements may foster hatred and provoke violence due to her extreme views”.

Here’s just one example of the kind of vitriol found on her blog.

“Obama is a third worlder and a coward. He will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords.”
— Pam Geller, AtlasShrugs.com, April 13, 2010

Geller has also reportedly claimed that “President Obama is the love child of Malcolm X, that Obama was once involved with a “crack whore.”

On April 1st, the Guardian published an Associated Press (AP) report on an anti-Islam bus ad campaign in Philadelphia sponsored by one of Geller’s groups.

Here’s the ad.

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In the headline of the Guardian article (Hitler ads from pro-Israel group begin running on Philadelphia transit buses), and in the text,  Geller’s American Freedom Initiative is characterized as a “pro-Israel group”.

Here’s the opening passage of the article.

The ads from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative will appear on 84 buses. One features a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist.

However, if you look at site in question (and other sites affiliated with Geller and her campaign), they don’t claim to be “pro-Israel” groups. Their focus is clearly on opposing Islam and putatively championing “free-speech“.

Here’s the mission statement of American Freedom Defense Initiative:

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is a new organization launched by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Our objective is to go on the offensive when legal, academic, legislative, cultural, sociological, and political actions are taken to dismantle our basic freedoms and values.

AFDI acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.

Indeed, mainstream pro-Israel groups like Anti-Defamation League have condemned Geller and the anti-Islam message of the Philly bus ad.

Though Geller supports Israel, that position alone doesn’t warrant characterizing her movement as a “pro-Israel” group. The Guardian article unfairly smears pro-Israel groups by associating them with Geller’s extreme views, and we urge editors to revise the text and headline accordingly.

COWBOYS FOR BIBI

If Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has the ‘right’ to meddle in US politics, why shouldn’t American cowboys have the same right to meddle in Israel’s …

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Not everyone in Hollywood agrees with him …

A much saner point of view

A much saner point of view

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STAND WITH PALESTINE AT
THE BOX OFFICE!
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Look who else stands with Israel … ad them to your Boycott List headed by Jon Voight
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IN ISRAEL ~~ MICHAEL DOUGLAS FINDS AND DEFINES ANTI SEMITISM

Best place in the world to find it ;)

“Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

Caption states 'Death to Arabs' A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

Caption states ‘Death to Arabs’
A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

What do you think the chances are of him visiting the ‘other side of the wall’ to see anti-Semitism in action?

 

Anti Semitism - created and maintained by the Lobby and the ADL Image by Latuff

Anti Semitism – created and maintained by the Lobby and the ADL
Image by Latuff

Michael Douglas: World must tackle ‘the madness’ of anti-Semitism

Ahead of trip to Israel, actor and producer outlines three causes of modern anti-Semitism, praises French PM and Pope for speaking out against it.

Shortly before he arrives in Israel with his family to receive the Genesis Prize, renowned actor and producer Michael Douglas called Sunday for the world to deal with “the madness” of anti-Semitism, calling it “a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Douglas recounted a recent anti-Semitic attack on his young son, whom, despite having a non-religious upbringing from his intermarried parents, “developed a deep connection to Judaism.” This connection, the star says, led him to “reconnect with the religion of my father”, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.

In the piece, Douglas defines three causes for the reemergence of anti-Semitism today. The first, he says, is the historic hared of Jews, ” always grows more virulent whenever and wherever the economy is bad.” At a time when people are struggling financially, Douglas writes, “some find Jews to be a convenient scapegoat rather than looking at the real source of their problems.”

The second cause cited by the actor is “an irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel.” He argues that acts of anti-Semitism such as the recent attacks that rocked Europe are explained away by blaming all Jews for policies of a nation.

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

” Does anyone really believe that the innocent victims in that kosher shop in Paris and at that bar mitzvah in Denmark had anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian policies or the building of settlements 2,000 miles away?” he asks.

Finally, Douglas writes, the rise in anti-Semitism can be attributed to a growing “extremist fringe” within Islam, aided by the widespread reach of the internet.

“We’re now seeing the amplified effects of that small, radicalized element. With the Internet, its virus of hatred can now speed from nation to nation, helping fuel Europe’s new epidemic of anti-Semitism,” he says.

Douglas ends by calling on world leaders, both political and religious, to address the issue, and hails, among others, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Pope Francis for their strong stance against anti-Semitism.

“So that is our challenge in 2015, and all of us must take it up,” Douglas writes. “Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

 

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HERE is the Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times

BOTEACH TO RICE; ‘SORRY I’M A COMPLETE MORON’

In his ‘public apology’ to Susan Rice he claims that the ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally.

In reality, it was not criticized, it was condemned. There is a difference.

Idiot boy added insult to injury by defending his position publicly …

His tune has changed, probably to insure that his personal income is not affected.

Again I say, Pathetic if you ask me!

Now, the ‘apology’ which appears in the Washington Post

I didn’t mean to make it personal. But try to see Netanyahu with more empathy.

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Dear Ms. Rice,

Now that passions on both sides of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress have cooled, I write today in keeping with the Jewish admonition that he who has caused offense in public must apologize in public, too.

Last week our organization took out a full-page ad in the New York Times that accused you of having a blind spot to genocide. The ad focused on the Rwandan genocide and quoted from Ambassador Samantha Power, your successor at the UN, who wrote, in a 2001 article called “Bystanders to Genocide,” that as a member of the National Security Council in 1994, you had resisted using the word genocide to describe the murder of 800,000 Rwandans because it might hurt Democrats in the midterms.

The ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally. That was not our intent. We hoped to focus on policy, and we failed. I apologize fully and hope you will forgive me. It is the job of a communicator to communicate. Effectively. And having come up short, I will try again.

When you told Charlie Rose that the Israeli prime minister’s speech would be “destructive” to the US-Israel relationship, I was in Amsterdam interviewing Jacqueline van Maarsen, Anne Frank’s childhood best friend. The occasion was the 70th anniversary of the teen’s murder. I had just addressed the Jewish community of Amsterdam which lost 80 percent of its number in the Holocaust. Recently, Jews have been murdered inToulouse, Brussels, Paris, and Copenhagen. I asked my Jewish audience how many felt unsafe in Europe and wished to leave; nearly all the hands went up.

Genocide, unfortunately, is the defining characteristic of my people.

We wish it were not so. We wish we could be known for the light we have brought the nations rather than the darkness that engulfed us in the Holocaust. We wish we would be championed for the Ten Commandments rather than for surviving the decimation of the Crusades. We wish we were celebrated for giving the world the Sabbath rather than pitied for enduring the disembowelments of the Khmelnytsky pogroms. And we wish Israel were acclaimed for its democracy and innovation rather than for its steadfastness in the face of terrorism and rocket attacks.

Now, we face another — potentially genocidal — danger from Iran, which has repeatedly threatened the Jews with a second Holocaust when one was quite enough. I have no doubt that you, President Obama, and the administration are devoted to preventing that cataclysmic outcome. And I greatly appreciate your personal defense of Israel and vetoes exercised in its protection at the United Nations. Not only am I not a foe of the administration, but I vigorously defended Power during her Senate confirmation hearings in July 2013, when she was strongly opposed by other Jewish groups, and was attacked for it. And I did so because of her unwavering commitment to fighting genocide.

But all of that would pale into insignificance if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon with which it could harm Israel or the American people, even if that was never anyone’s intent.

You say that you’re working to prevent that. I believe you. But I have to passionately disagree with your point that Israel’s prime minister threatens to destroy the U.S.-Israel bond simply because he asked Congress to oppose what millions of us believe is a catastrophic deal that puts Israel in great peril. America does not condemn the leader of a threatened nation – especially a great ally – for simply doing his duty and raising the alarm. Can you see how these allegations of Netanyahu’s entreaty being “destructive” could deeply offend?

A Jewish leader’s first job is to prevent the possibility of another Jewish genocide, and that is what Netanyahu is doing. The Atlantic’s reference to you and other Clinton Administration officials as “bystanders to genocide” is, in truth, an indictment of each and every one of us. After all, the world has permitted the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan, Bosnian, Kosovaran, Darfuri and other genocides. Our own government shamefully refuses even to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, whose 100th anniversary is next month.

But breaking from this indifference, you laudably vowed to bring change. After refusing to use the word “genocide” to describe the 800,000 dead of Rwanda, you made a beautiful promise: “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.” Can we not agree that dramatic action in this case means first demanding that Iran publicly repudiate its own vow to destroy Israel and increasing sanctions until it does?

The Munich agreement of 1938 was outrageous not only because it appeased Hitler’s aggression but because Czechoslovakia was not even party to the negotiations held by Britain, France, and Germany about its future. In the same way, it is unthinkable that Israel be left out of the negotiations with Iran.

The 10,000 Jews who were being gassed every day in Europe merited scant mention in the American press at the time. A courageous Jewish leader named Peter Bergson decided to change that by taking out provocative ads in the New York Times and other publications highlighting the plight of Europe’s Jews. He was widely condemned by the American Jewish establishment, who believed he was stoking anti-Semitism. But his tactics succeeded in helping to wake America from its torpor and, together with other efforts, helped to inspire the creation of the War Refugee Board, which rescued as many as 200,000 Jews. For millions of others, the silence of American Jewry was deadly.

This World: The Value Network, the organization I founded, has vowed to never again be Jews of silence. In our own ads, Elie Wiesel alerted the world to the dangers of a nuclear Iran. They also highlighted the murder of gay men in Iran and called out the world for insufficient action against thebrutality of ISIS and Hamas.

I was honored that Rwandan President Paul Kagame asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide at Kigali’s National Stadium. In it, I referenced the slaughter at Ntarama Church, where I gagged when I saw a row of skulls from the victims. We used that image in our latest ad. It is a shocking and jarring image, as are all images of genocide. But I sincerely regret that the use of the image — not immediately recognizable to people unfamiliar with the Rwandan genocide — lent itself to being misinterpreted as something deliberately disrespectful and macabre.

God has given you significant influence. I ask you to please use that power to protect the Jewish people, Arab children in Syria, Muslim students in Pakistan, Christians in Darfur, women in Nigeria, and the people of the Central African Republic. Criticizing Netanyahu’s right to address Congress, or allowing Iran a robust nuclear program amid their protestations of peace, falls short of that goal.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

 

I have one question, why was this letter not also signed by Elie Weisel?

See THIS post if you missed it…

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PULL OUT THE HOLOCAUST CARD

#JeSuisIslamophobe ~~ ISLAMOPHOBIA NOT INCLUDED IN NEW FRENCH ANTI HATE LEGISLATION

French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial.

That’s fine, but what about Islamophobia?

Except in France?

Except in France?

France must treat online “anti-Semitism” like child pornography, president says

‘WALKING LIKE A JEW IN PARIS’

Searching for anti-Semitism ….

creating it along the way

Perhaps on a ‘fact finding mission’ for

Charlie?

 While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received ‘hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language’

While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received ‘hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language’

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#JeSuisJonStewart ~~ DISSING EVERYONE EQUALLY

Stewart has repeatedly been accused of being a self hating Jew and/or a rabid anti zionist, …

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… the announcement of his retirement seems to irk many a zionist as can be seen in the following

Jon Stewart quitting “The Daily Show” is bad for the Jews. It’s bad for the Muslims. It’s bad for the entire Middle East.

‘You just can’t please everyone

most of the time’

Why Losing Jon Stewart Hurts the Middle East

By Sigal Samuel

Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef on “The Daily Show” / Youtube

Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef on “The Daily Show” / Youtube

Jon Stewart quitting “The Daily Show” is bad for the Jews. It’s bad for the Muslims. It’s bad for the entire Middle East.

If you want to know why, just watch this clip of the real Jon Stewart joking around with “Egypt’s Jon Stewart,” Bassem Youssef. It aired shortly before Jon announced his decision to leave the show, and it revolves around a simple question: What can America do to fix the Middle East?

Bassem’s answer is simple, too: “How about — nothing!”

Jon plays devil’s advocate, arguing, “If the people choose the wrong government, we’ll help them get it right. Some boots on the ground, some advisers.” Which, of course, sets Bassem up to explain just what’s wrong with America’s interventionist foreign policy.

But then Bassem takes it one step further — by laughing at himself, at his own argument, at his own people. He provides that dash of self-deprecation without which comedy fails to be, you know, comedic (Israel’s totally unfunny “Hakol Shafit” is a good example of this).

“We want you to f—k off and leave us alone,” Bassem says. “But not right away. We could still use the aid money, and a few weapons, and some investments… What I’m saying is, if you could f—k gradually off, that would be better for everybody.”

This is Middle East comedy at its best: an unflinching look at the catch-22s and double standards that plague both — no, all — sides.

And who’s been providing the mechanism for this comedy for over 15 years? Jon, of course. He’s been providing it not only in the U.S., but also in places like Egypt, where he inspired Bassem to start his own wildly popular satire show that began as a Middle Eastern riff on “The Daily Show.”

Every week, Bassem took to TV to wittily eviscerate the top leaders of the Arab world, and endear himself hugely to the Arab public (40 million viewers!). But then Sisi came to power in Egypt — and, sadly, the dissenters went the way of the Pharaohs.

In many ways, it was Jon Stewart who modeled this dissent.

He’s fought funnily and vociferously against the idea that “questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies” automatically makes you an anti-Israel self-hating Jew:

And he’s memorably pointed out some of the absurdities of the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel (“We cannot be Israel’s rehab sponsor and its drug dealer!”):

But ultimately, his greatest achievement may have been giving others the comedic tools to do the same sort of thing wherever they might find themselves.

With Jon gone, it will soon be up to others to fill his shoes — and they will be big, big shoes to fill. Yet if there’s anything comforting in Jon’s departure, it’s the knowledge that he’s already set others up to do just that.

‘THOU SHALT NOT STEAL’ … UNLESS YOU ARE ISRAEL’S CHIEF RABBI

As the position of ‘Chief Rabbi’ is an elected position in Israel by Knesset members, this report is tagged as corrupt politics rather than religion.

Ex-chief rabbi Yonna Metzger to face trial for numerous counts of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

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Rabbi Yona Metzger taken in by police (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Rabbi Yona Metzger taken in by police (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

The rabbi is being indicted for corruption and receiving illicit donations valued at millions of shekels in exchange for services he conducted as part of his role as chief rabbi. Metzger has been informed of the indictment.

Former chief rabbi Metzger indicted for taking millions in bribes

Ex-chief rabbi Yonna Metzger to face trial for numerous counts of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

The state has filed an indictment against Rabbi Yona Metzger, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, for bribery, fraud, money laundering and other crimes.

Rabbi Metzger is suspected of accepting NIS 10 million in bribes, of which he personally pocketed NIS 7 million. A state witness aided the investigation carried out against the rabbi and recorded him in conversations. The indictment follows a recommendation by the police and the attorney general.

The rabbi is being indicted for corruption and receiving illicit donations valued at millions of shekels in exchange for services he conducted as part of his role as chief rabbi. Metzger has been informed of the indictment.

According to the suspicion, Rabbi Metzger used his driver Haim Eisensdadt as his cash courier for financial offenses. Police suspect Rabbi Metzger gave his drive 10 percent of the bribes he received.

According a letter sent to the Rabbi’s lawyers, Metzger recieved pocketed financial benefits from business moguls that hoped to convert to Judiasm.

In one case cited as an example, a Russian businessman turned to Metzger in 2011 and asked the rabbi to help convert his son and daughter. Metzger referred him to his confidant, a Rabbi living abroad, who received $360,000 for the conversion. It is suspected that Rabbi Metzger received half of the amount paid to the foreign rabbi, $18,000.

Exactly a year ago, the police recommended indicting Metzger for bribery, fraud, money laundering and other crimes. The decision then moved to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who also recommended an indictment.

“The investigation painted a clear picture according to which (Metzger) received bribes and illicit funds for years in exchange to using his position and influence over issues like donations, giur (conversion to Judaism), rabbi appointments as well as ties with business moguls in exchange for personal gain,” the indictment read.

The police investigation showed that millions of shekels in donations were allegedly transferred to non-profit organizations connected to the rabbi.

The investigation also showed that Metzger used part of those funds for his personal needs, and additional funds were accumulated as bribes for decisions that he made as chief rabbi of Israel.

 

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#IsraeliElectionUpdates ~~ THE LEFT IS AS WRONG AS THE RIGHT

Both the left and the right are correct in what they say about each other; but both sides are also mistaken and misleading.

Both sides are equally wrong

Both sides are equally wrong

Continuing with the upcoming ‘non issue’ election, here is the latest from an Op-Ed in today’s Ynet …

The right and left, the right and wrong

 Both the left and the right are correct in what they say about each other; but both sides are also mistaken and misleading.

I really envy those who already know who they will vote for in the Knesset elections in about a month and a half. Electing a government is not just about electing a prime minister and his ministers. From many aspects, it’s almost a matter of life and death.

Both sides, the left and the right, are correct in what they say about each other. But both are also mistaken and lost and misleading. People often quote Israel’s late President Chaim Herzog, who apparently said once that “the trouble in our country is that the left has no heart and the right has no brains.” Is that so? Here’s an interim summary.

The lost ones in the right: They are hanging on to something which is out of this world. God. Faith, a promise that has come down from Heaven. We are the chosen people. The Land of Israel was promised to us in the Book of Books and in its statements. How many times does the word “Jerusalem” appear in the Koran? And in the Bible? We wandered in the Diaspora for 2,000 years and we always dreamed and prayed for Zion.

The right also bases its explanations on facts from the ground: The Arabs have at least 22 countries. The Zionist Movement is the physical embodiment of the Return of Zion. As Jews, we have no other land to safely lay our head on to establish Jewish life. There is no room for two people on the same piece of land. It’s either us or them. The Arabs have lost the wars and the losing side must pay. All the Arabs want and will always want to destroy us. Arab terror will never stop. They are brutal. They will never forgive us. Arabs cannot be trusted. A good Arab is a dead Arab. The IDF will always win and is the best army in the world. The world never loved Jews. We have always done things our way and the world has come to terms with our moves. The world was anyway always against us. Faith is the most important thing. We are right.

And the left? It’s destroying the state. A fifth column. It’s willing to give the Arabs everything. The Arabs will never accept peace. Death to the Arabs and, at the same occasion, to the leftists too. And so on and so forth.

The mistaken ones in the left: We won’t be able to live on this piece of land without peace. Shall the sword devour forever? There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world who will defeat us by the power of their number alone. The world’s countries only have interests, and the Israeli interest is not their main concern. We cannot and are not entitled to control 3.2 million Palestinians who don’t want our rule and are seeking freedom and liberty and the right of self-determination. The occupation is corrupting us. the Arabs want peace. It’s a fact that our peace with Egypt has lasted for more than 35 years. Our peace with Jordan is 20 years old. Even if some of the Arabs want to destroy us, the majority of Arabs recognize our military power and are deterred by it. The Arabs dream of peace and fight for peace. Only few engage in Arab terror.

After we return the territories as part of a peace agreement, Arab terror will die out. The Arabs also want to rest and want peace and tranquility for their children. The Israelis stole their lands in the War of Independence and the following years, and built dozens of settlements on lands which belonged to the Arabs. They should be returned. The world’s nations does not approve of an Israeli government in the territories. We are losing whatever legitimacy we have left in the world. The world is no longer doing us a favor following the Holocaust, and sees the Palestinians as its subsequent victims.

That’s enough. It reminds me of the joke about the husband and his wife who got into a fight and went to see the town’s rabbi, who ruled that the husband was right and that the wife was also right. And when the caretaker asked how it was possible that they were both right, the rabbi said: You’re also right.

This shabby and worn-out joke would make us laugh if it weren’t on us.

 

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

AWARD WINNING BLOWJOB

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened,” Lewinsky wrote in her essay, which earned Vanity Fair its sole 2015 nomination.

Monica Lewinsky Nominated For National Magazine Award

By Anne Cohen

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Monica Lewinsky has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for her Vanity Fair essay commenting on her relationship with Bill Clinton.

In “Shame and Survival,” published in June, broke Lewinsky’s near-ten years of silence about the affair that nearly brought down a president:

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened,” Lewinsky wrote in her essay, which earned Vanity Fair its sole 2015 nomination. “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position… . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors since 1966, the awards “honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction.”

The winners will be revealed on February 2 at a ceremony held in New York at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

ISRAEL TRIED TO CASH IN ON FRENCH VICTIMS’ FUNERAL

The burial in Jerusalem of four French Jews murdered in last week’s terror attacks in Paris turned into an embarrassment when the victims’ families and the French Jewish community were asked to pay tens of thousands of shekels for the graves while the burial site itself was changed three times.

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GETTY IMAGES Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin at funeral for kosher grocery victims.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin at funeral for kosher grocery victims.

Sad-But-True Farce Behind Israel’s Funeral for Paris Kosher Market Terror Victims

Musical Burial Plots, 5-Figure Bills and Bullying of Relatives

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz) VIA

History or Farce? A woman mourns at the funeral for four French Jews killed in the terror attack on a kosher grocery in Paris.

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History or Farce? A woman mourns at the funeral for four French Jews killed in the terror attack on a kosher grocery in Paris.

The burial in Jerusalem of four French Jews murdered in last week’s terror attacks in Paris turned into an embarrassment when the victims’ families and the French Jewish community were asked to pay tens of thousands of shekels for the graves while the burial site itself was changed three times.

Because the victims weren’t Israeli citizens, the burial wasn’t paid for by the National Insurance Institute. Nor, despite the funerals’ semi-official character, did the government ever declare them state funerals. Only after a day of discussions and farce was it decided that the state would cover the cost.

But according to Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, chairman of the Zaka rescue and recovery organization, the government wanted the victims interred in Israel and even pressured one family, which initially preferred to hold the funeral in France, to hold it in Jerusalem.

Once the decision was made to bury all four victims in Israel, the embarrassments proliferated. First, the Yemenite community’s burial society suggested that the four be buried on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, but it demanded 15,000 euros per grave.

Moreover, when Meshi-Zahav examined the proposed site, he concluded that it was “the worst one on the Mount of Olives” — a remote part of the cemetery that also suffers from security problems.

“There was a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, and I told them, ‘You’ll be ashamed; it’s impossible to bring guests from abroad there,’” Meshi-Zahav said.

Due to his intervention, the deal with the Yemenite burial society was canceled.

Next, businesswoman Eva Zarfati, who owns a private plot at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery, offered to donate four grave sites in her plot. But problems were discovered in the legal permits for her plot, so the offer was rejected.

Finally, negotiations began with the Sephardi community’s burial society. Initially, the society offered to inter the victims for free on the Mount of Olives, but the government refused, possibly for security reasons. Later it offered a site at Har Hamenuhot.

But according to people involved in the issue, the asking price was 50,000 shekels ($12,700) per grave – 40,000 for the grave site and 10,000 for the funeral. The Sephardi burial society in Jerusalem negotiated over this with the Jewish burial society in France, and the money will apparently be paid by the French Jewish community rather than the families.

“There are no orderly regulations for who can order [a burial plot] on the state’s behalf or how much they pay, so all kinds of fixers come in and want to make a killing,” said Meshi-Zahav. “It’s a disgrace that the state announced the funeral and even pressured the families to have the burials in Israel, but in the end, for the most basic thing, the grave, they asked payment.”

Avraham Gilo of the Sephardi burial society responded that the society “buried them without settling the account. The price for this plot, for foreign residents, is around 90,000 shekels. We’ll ask 50 percent less, and maybe even less than that. But in the meantime we buried them without asking for money. They deserve it; they were murdered because they were Jews.”

Avraham Malachi, of the Yemenite burial society, denied that his society sought 15,000 euros. “There was a price, but not like that; we gave a fair price,” he said.

Jerusalem has very few cemetery plots left; most people today are interred in niches in multistory walls. Thus the few plots remaining sell for very high prices.

Avi Zana, director of the AMI foundation who was helping the families, described the situation as unpleasant. “When the decided on a state burial, they realized that everything was in the hands of the state and then they were asked to pay, it’s very hurtful and makes no sense.” According to Zana, two of the four families had a hard time deciding whether or not to go ahead with burial in Israel. “This is not an easy decision. Muslims who were killed in the attack were buried in France, if we decide to bury in France, then it is clear that our future is in France. There were senior members of the community who were asking if the Jews of France have two states. This is a crucial question, and the families took time to decide.”

Before the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan announced Tuesday night that his ministry will bear the expenses, the Ministry of Religious Affairs stated that “further investigation by the ministry revealed that the victims’ families in France refused cost-free options,” and added that the could that the amount would have been paid by the French Jewish community, and not the families.

RABBINICAL DEFENSE OF PERVERSION

Pervert 'hard' at work by Latuff

Pervert ‘hard’ at work by Latuff

Shmuley Boteach is in the news again …. once again written by himself, his greatest fan.

Now he seems upset that Jews have not lined up in the streets in support of Alan Dershowitz. He too has the habit of writing about himself, as if anyone else would…

Here is Boteach’s defense of the perv himself … from the Jerusalem Post

Once again pulling out the anti-Semite card

But establishing the truthfulness of these allegations is not the purpose of this column. Rather my purpose is to ask – where are the Jewish leaders to rise to Mr. Dershowitz’s defense? Here is a man of sterling character who has been a champion of the Jewish people and Israel his entire life. He is America’s best-known defender of Israel.

I work in the same space and I know what it’s like. The constant death threats from the Israel- haters. The loneliness of walking into public debates at hostile universities and making the case for the Jewish state amid hecklers and disruptors.

No Holds Barred: Where are the Jews to defend Alan Dershowitz?

For decades, Israel has found its most eloquent defender in Alan Dershowitz. It’s not only that he has the highest credibility as a world-renowned Harvard law professor and one of the great criminal defense attorneys – perhaps the greatest – of his generation. It’s also that he is just so good at being Israel’s advocate.

Dershowitz is among the finest debaters I have ever encountered, both live and in print. Some of the arguments he has advanced on Israel’s behalf are legend. Responding to the Palestinian argument that humiliation at the hands of Israel is the reason they’ve resorted to terrorism, Mr. Dershowitz said that even if that were true, which it is not, no one people in history have ever suffered more than the Jews of the Holocaust. No one was ever been more degraded, incarcerated or slaughtered.

Still, the Jews never chose to blow up German kindergartens or school buses in response.

There is simply no excuse for murder and one always retains the power to choose one’s response.

Responding to the constant charges that Israel is a belligerent country that is increasingly militaristic, Mr. Dershowitz has argued that one should not look at whether Israel is a moral country in comparison to other nations that are never attacked. Rather, Israel must be judged by nations who face a similar level of threat. And based on that criteria, Israel is quite simply the most moral nation on earth.

Now come the scurrilous and downright weird accusations that Mr. Dershowitz and Prince Andrew engaged in under-age sex with a woman tied to a once-jailed financier. Mr. Dershowitz has categorically denied the allegations completely and utterly. Moreover, he has gone on the attack, demanding that the woman in question repeat the allegations under oath and not just in a civil suit. He has also vowed to have the woman’s attorneys disbarred for making these allegations without checking flight manifests and other forms of evidence that would give them credence.

There is no way any of us can know if any of this is true. But I believe Mr. Dershowitz, and not just because he denies it. Rather, it would seem that if any of this happened, the woman in question would seek criminal charges against Mr. Dershowitz, or at the very least civil damages.

She has not. Rather, she has implicated him in a civil suit against someone else.

We are all mindful of women who are victims of sexual crimes and they must, of course, be protected.

But the reputations of people who have devoted their lives to the greater good deserve consideration as well.

But establishing the truthfulness of these allegations is not the purpose of this column. Rather my purpose is to ask – where are the Jewish leaders to rise to Mr. Dershowitz’s defense? Here is a man of sterling character who has been a champion of the Jewish people and Israel his entire life. He is America’s best-known defender of Israel.

I work in the same space and I know what it’s like. The constant death threats from the Israel- haters. The loneliness of walking into public debates at hostile universities and making the case for the Jewish state amid hecklers and disruptors.

Waking up each morning to an inbox filled with the ugliest hate mail.

And Mr. Dershowitz gets much more than I do.

In fact, Mr. Dershowitz’s office door at Harvard is papered in hate mail that arrives on a daily basis.

At the very least the man deserves the support of his community when he is the subject of bizarre attacks.

In establishing the veracity of these claims, can we not at the very least remind the world of his wholesome reputation? His life of communal service. His half-century devoted to the law at the highest levels. The thousands of students in whom he has instilled a passion for the law. His courage in fighting for the Middle East’s only democracy. His willingness to cross party lines – he is a liberal Democrat – and side with his opponents when he felt morality demanded that he do so.

I have always wondered at the Jewish community in times of scandal. We run from it like the plague.

Have we Jews not forgotten what we have traditionally been accused of? Killing God. Drinking the blood of Christian children. Poisoning the wells of Europe and starting the bubonic plague.

Funding and fomenting Europe’s wars for profit.

Being complicit in our own annihilation in the Holocaust. Harvesting the organs of Palestinians.

And, most recently, perpetrating a genocide of the Palestinian people.

One of the dumbest sayings I have ever heard is, “There’s no smoke without fire.” Really? So any accusation carries some truth? Bill Clinton was accused of murdering political rivals. The American government was accused of starting the AIDS plague to wipe out homosexuals. And America was accused of staging 9/11 in order to wage war against Islamic nations and steal their oil.

In all these stupid, damaging and defamatory accusations there was not an ounce of truth.

Often there is absolutely no fire. It’s all smoke.

I would like to believe that, at the very least, what Alan Dershowitz deserves is the gratitude of his community. And that means that you stand up for a man when he is down, especially when not a shred of evidence has been brought against him.

You simply can’t have a situation where a man spends his life defending his people and then when he comes under attack he is abandoned.

That response lacks gratitude, it lacks integrity, it lacks decency, and it lacks values.

The worst people can say about Mr. Dershowitz – and many have – is that they don’t like some of the people he has defended as an attorney. They don’t like his defense of O.J. Simpson and they don’t like his defense of this Epstein character who is central to the suit. People are entitled to that opinion. No doubt Mr. Dershowitz would respond that everyone, however unsavory, is entitled to a defense, without which we make a mockery of justice.

I will leave that to jurists more learned than I. But when it comes to Mr. Dershowitz, not only does he have the presumption of innocence, he has engendered goodwill by living a life devoted to defending an innocent and virtuous people who have repeatedly been slandered and defamed.

He has my gratitude.

He deserves our support. He deserves our solidarity.

And he deserves our voice.

ICONOCLAST OR TRAITOR?

You tell me …

“Just because I was born in the Jewish state doesn’t mean a Jew is better than me,” Haskia recently told The Associated Press in Hebrew. “I sent the children to war, and nobody can tell me that I, Anett, the Arab, am second class.”

Iconoclast Arab

supporter of IDF seeks

Knesset seat

Anett Haskia, a Muslim kibbutznik, is a candidate with the right-wing national religious Jewish Home party
BY ALON BERNSTEIN AND ISAAC SCHARF 

Anett Haskia at her house in Kibbutz Yehiam, Israel, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

Anett Haskia at her house in Kibbutz Yehiam, Israel, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

 

KIBBUTZ YEHIAM, Israel (AP) — An Arab-Israeli Muslim woman is running for a parliament seat as a member of a hard-line religious Jewish party aligned with the West Bank settler movement and opposed to Palestinian independence.

The bid by iconoclast Anett Haskia, a 45-year-old hairdresser and mother of three, comes after she gave a series of bombastic television interviews in support of Israel’s military this summer during its war against Hamas in Gaza. Now she is the lone Arab vying for a spot on the Jewish Home party’s list ahead of its January primary.

Arab citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the country’s population, strongly identify with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. They generally oppose Israeli military actions, do not serve in the Israeli army and complain of deep-seated discrimination.

Haskia’s children, however, voluntarily enlisted in the Israeli army — including one son who served in an elite unit in Gaza during the summer war.

“Just because I was born in the Jewish state doesn’t mean a Jew is better than me,” Haskia recently told The Associated Press in Hebrew. “I sent the children to war, and nobody can tell me that I, Anett, the Arab, am second class.”

A self-described nonconformist, Haskia opposed her family’s wishes and broke cultural taboos by divorcing her husband and getting a collection of body piercings and tattoos.

Born in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Akko in northern Israel, she lives with her children on an Israeli kibbutz, a rare Arab in one of Israel’s cooperative living communities. Her organization called Real Voice represents Arab high school graduates who want to serve in the Israeli army or in national service, like volunteering in hospitals. Such activities are required of Israel’s Jewish youth. The Israeli military puts the total of Israeli Arabs serving in its ranks at “several hundred.”

“On one hand they want to be soldiers or to do national service, and on the other hand they are scared of hostile attacks, not only from their families but from society,” Haskia said.

She opposes the Palestinian goal of establishing an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, lands Israel won in the 1967 war from Jordan, saying it would only prolong the conflict with Israel. She encourages investment in Israel’s Arab community instead.

“Today, I can’t say that the settlements are a blow to Israel, no. The settlements are a blessing for Israel,” she said.

It remains unclear whether Haskia will win a seat in parliament. Opinion polls forecast the Jewish Home winning some 16 seats, which would make it one of the largest factions in the 120-member Knesset. But party officials say competition in the upcoming primary will be fierce, making it difficult for her to secure a place high enough on the party’s list to guarantee a seat.

Haskia says her unorthodox views have cost her some clients, while gaining her some unlikely supporters.

“Those who embrace me, the extremists who used to write me, ‘We hate Arabs’ or ‘We don’t want Arabs,’ today call me their sister,” she said.

US RANKS ISRAEL 4th MOST UNACCEPTABLE COUNTRY

BUT ….

That wont stop it from sending Billion$ to them

"Stop Billions to Israel€ is a diverse group open to all who share the values of peace, freedom, equal rights, self-determination and justice for all. We strongly object when our tax money is spent in opposition to these values. See video at end of post

“Stop Billions to Israel€ is a diverse group open to all who share the values of peace, freedom, equal rights, self-determination and justice for all. We strongly object when our tax money is spent in opposition to these values.
See video at end of post

 

Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge.

All of which were funded by US Tax Dollar$

US finds Israel fourth most ‘unacceptable’ country

FROM

Foreign Policy article examines number of times state department referred to ‘unacceptable’ behavior this year; Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan.

The US State Department described Israeli actions as “unacceptable” 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more “unacceptable,” according to a Foreign Policy article published last week.

Journalist Micah Zenko searched the State Department’s website for usage of the term, and his “top ten” list shows Israel sandwiched right between North Korea and Pakistan. Zenko pointed that the US officials regularly use the phrase “but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those actions from reoccurring.”

Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge.

US Secretary of State John Kerry recently used the “unacceptable” label to refer to North Korea’s alleged hacking of the Sony Corporation.

The US State Department is not the only entity in the international diplomacy arena that tends to recycle certain phrases. Ynet found that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used the word “concerned” 140 times in 2014 in statements responding to events. Israel and Palestine were the most concerning places of 2014, with 19 press releases using the term.

TEL AVIV DONS ITS GAY APPAREL

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Israel has gained the reputation as being the world’s champion of …

APR (Anti Palestinian Rights)

ABR (Anti Black Rights)

AWR (Anti Women Rights)

AGR (Anti Gentile Rights)

BUT

To guarantee its flow of foreign currency, it had to become ‘Pro Something’ …

SO

Perhaps taking the lead from one of its foremost supporters, Shmuley Boteach (See yesterday’s post), it is now attempting to take the lead as the foremost champion of Gay Rights.

Or perhaps this liberal attitude was historically developed because of a common enemy ….

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Whatever the reason might be, here is the latest manifestation as reported in  HaAretz

Known as the gay capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv’s pride week and parade in June draws tens of thousands each year, but this is the first time the city has also organized a winter festival.

Dreaming of a pink Christmas: Tel Aviv launches winter LGBT festival

Tens of thousands expected to attend opening day street party.

A beach in Tel Aviv, December 24, 2014. The 'Snowman' marks the start of a two week

A beach in Tel Aviv, December 24, 2014. The ‘Snowman’ marks the start of a two week Gay Winter Festival taking place from 24 December to January 7, 2015. Photo by AFP

Tel Aviv launches a two-week festival for gays and lesbians on Friday in a bid to draw tourists during the relatively warm and sunny holiday season in the Mediterranean metropolis.

Tens of thousands of revelers are expected at the opening day’s street party, said Hannah Confino, a spokeswoman for the Pink Winter festival.

Known as the gay capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv’s pride week and parade in June draws tens of thousands each year, but this is the first time the city has also organized a winter festival.

The Israeli coastal city is known for its ever-growing gay summer event, but “what we say is that Tel Aviv stays gay all year around,” said Confino.

“So we’re tapping into the potential of people from Europe during the holiday season, where it’s cold right now, and the average temperature in Tel Aviv is going to be 20 degrees, relatively hot, especially compared to Europe,” she said.

Pink Winter will last until January 7 and include a gay film festival, a Eurovision song night, beach chill-out parties, exhibitions, open studios and workshops.

A discount ticket for 30 euros gives entrance to all main events, including parties, theatre and dance performances, and screenings.

A closer to reality of the zionist attitude towards the Gay Community can be seen in THIS post from the archives.

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Interesting to see how Israel’s right wingers seem upset at our accusations of Pinkwashing …

This is but one aspect of the Jewish state that illustrates its openness and pluralism – something that would be less striking if the tiny democracy were not surrounded by barbaric regimes. Naturally, it is the very freedom of Israeli society that most irks those regimes which aim to destroy Western civilization as a whole and to wipe out Zionism in particular.

That they oppose all forms of human rights makes perfect sense. It is impossible to wield the kind of power required to subjugate masses of people when individuals have a say in how they lead their lives.

What makes no sense at all, however, is the phenomenon of leftist apology for those regimes, and simultaneous bashing of Israel, in the name of human rights. Because it is now indisputable that Israel is LGBT-friendly, a convoluted tactic has been employed by the Left to attack the Jewish state on this score. This involves accusing Israel of “pinkwashing.”

Full report from the Jerusalem Post HERE

WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE?

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Description of above image ….

Meander-Greek Key

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret. 

Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth – indeed – a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key. 

Meander symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and devotion and that’s the reason it’s often given as marriage gift. It can symbolize as well the four cardinal points, the 4 seasons, waves – especially in the round version of it, or snakes, among others.

Do you see a swastika?

Hallmark Yanks ‘Swastika’-Themed Wrapping Paper

Greeting Giant Sorry for Resemblance to Nazi Symbol

 By Reuters

Hallmark Cards Inc, the purveyor of products that it says “make the world a more caring place,” was pulling gift wrap from U.S. stores after a complaint that the paper appears to display a swastika, a symbol associated with the persecution of Jews.

Hallmark issued an apology on Tuesday and said that the blue and silver wrapping paper was designed to represent a type of vessel, and any similarity to a swastika was unintentional. The company said the pattern has been in the company’s reference archives for several years.

Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell said a customer in California first raised the issue, seeing a swastika image in a series of intersecting lines featured on the holiday paper.

“As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we began taking steps to remove the gift wrap from all store shelves and we will ensure the pattern is not used on any product formats going forward,” a company statement said. “We sincerely apologize for this oversight and for any unintended offense.”

Hallmark did not answer a question about how much paper was involved in the recall.

“The priority is communicating with retailers about removing the current version from shelves,” Odell said.

Roughly 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Germany during World War Two, and the swastika is seen by many as a symbol of support for the Nazis.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark, which is privately owned, has roughly $4 billion in annual revenue from sales of greeting cards, gift wrap and other products sold in 100 countries.

RELATED

Walgreens Hanukkah Wrapping Paper Has Swastikas

By Anne Cohen

NBC  Nothing says Happy Holidays like Nazi-themed wrapping paper.

Cheryl Shapiro was shopping in the Northridge, California, Walgreens’ Hanukkah section when she came across something odd — something swastika-shaped. Shapiro, who was in the store with her grandson, was outraged.

“I told them I wanted this taken off the shelves immediately – not just your store, but national,” Shapiro said. “I was really putting my foot down because I was appalled by this.”

“I came home and I spoke to my rabbi. He couldn’t believe it,” she continued. “I’m still very upset about it, that something like this could be on the market.”

NBC4 Los Angeles reports that Walgreens is “looking into” the incident, but that the local store has removed the offending item from its shelves.

UPDATE The international Raelian movement has issued a statement calling for the item to be placed back in stock.

“We feel outraged by Walgreen’s decision and ask for this gift wrapping paper to be made available again,” said Raelian Guide Thomas Kaenzig, who is also president of an organization known as the ProSwastika Alliance.

“The swastika is still a holy symbol for billions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Raelians,” Kaenzig explained. “Long before it was unjustly hijacked by Hitler and the Nazis for ill purposes, it was revered for thousands of years as a religious symbol and a sign of good will. It can be found worldwide in architectural features and decorative ornamentation of all kinds, including in Jewish synagogues. It can even be found in many places in Israel. [See www.proswastika.org/israel]

“It’s unacceptable for us to see a major U.S. retail chain ban this symbol that is so dear to billions around the world,” Kaenzig said. “Would Walgreens dare to remove gift wrapping containing crosses if a Native American complained that his culture suffered enormously under the Christian cross? And what about an African American whose ancestors died at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan in front of a burning cross?”

“Why this double-standard?” he asked. “In the name of Raelians, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Native Americans and others around the world for whom the swastika conveys only its beautiful ancient meaning, we demand that Walgreens swiftly reintroduce this wrapping paper,” Kaenzig said. “And we ask that Walgreens also issue an apology to the millions of people right here in the United States for whom this symbol is sacred.”

In the words of William Shakespeare ….

Much Ado About Nothing!

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