October 18, 2018

Khan al-Ahmar

With the fallout of her disastrous conduct of Brexit swirling around her, it's surprising that Theresa May finds the time (and chutzpah) to meddle in the town planning issues of another sovereign state.

Khan al-Ahmar is nothing more than a nomadic Bedouin shanty encampment which was set up alongside Highway 1 outside Jerusalem. 
It was set up illegally, without zoning or highways permission and in any other country would have been bulldozed years ago. 

However, because this is is the Jewish state, whose every action must be subject to a double-standard in this world, the issue of its removal has been tied up in court hearings for no less than NINE years. 

And there's been no limit to the financial support of foreign funds and NGOs who have been paying the human rights lawyers to keep this in play for all that time. Their backers' sole aim is to fight the Jewish state using its very own democratic institutions and bastions of social justice. Such things which incidentally do not exist anywhere else in the region. 

These people seem to have zero interest in the human rights of Syrians, Yemenis, Kurds, Yazidis, Tibetans or indeed the tens of thousands of Christians who have been ethnically cleansed by the PLO just around the corner in Bethlehem. 

Imagine a group of migrants setting up a shanty town alongside the M6 motorway outside Birmingham.
Would Mrs May's police or government let it stand longer than a week - a month?
Nine years? Gimme a break!

And it's not as if the Bedouin have not been offered alternative accommodation. The state offered them permanent housing not far away - but this didn't suit the leftists who needed to keep this pot boiling for propaganda purposes.

What Mrs May and other leaders standing in judgement need to understand is that these Bedouin Arabs could by now have enjoyed 10 years of good living in a proper community, with sanitation, schooling and all the community services. But, just like the Palestinian Arabs languishing for decades in so-called refugee camps, they are just more pawns of the Muslim Brotherhood which cynically uses them to undermine and delegitimize the Jewish state which they failed to kill at birth 70 years ago.

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October 17, 2018

On Khashoggi ....

The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the gruesome means of his suspected torture and disposal have shocked the world and occupied the headlines and lead slots of TV media and opinion pieces for many days.

As lurid tales of his demise filter out into the media, so do more details of Khashoggi’s extreme views – both against the Saudi rulers and in support of the Muslim Brotherhood of which he was a member and advocate of political Islam.

In every sense this was a journalist looking for trouble, and he found it at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

This event brings to mind the gruesome killing of another journalist 16 years ago, by the name of Daniel Pearl. He was kidnapped by Al Qaeda and beheaded by its 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Daniel worked for the Wall Street Journal. In contrast to Khashoggi, he wasn’t out looking for trouble. His crime was simply being a Jew.

His executioners made sure the world would know of this “crime”, making him read out aloud these last words on video before his beheading:

“My name is Daniel Pearl. I'm a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA. I come from, uh, on my father's side the family is Zionist. My father's Jewish, my mother's Jewish, I'm Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We've made numerous family visits to Israel.”

May his dear soul rest in peace.

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October 13, 2018

Gaza: A soldier's letter

Whilst in Israel over Sukkot, I went down to the Gaza border to see the extent of fire damage caused by Hamas’s flying petrol bombs. It’s distressing to see large swathes of blackened landscape. Our people were so proud to make the desert bloom – whilst our so-called peace partners are into scorched earth and wanton destruction.
Whilst in the border area I visited Black Arrow, a memorial to the many IDF units which operated in the south, including Unit 101 which was commanded by Ariel Sharon. A young girl in a baseball cap was standing at the lookout and asked where I was from. She told me that she had immigrated to Israel from Los Angeles a couple of years earlier. I was scanning the Gaza horizon for incoming fire balloons when she said; “My boyfriend served in Gaza, was injured and lost his sight. We’re getting married next year.” She said this so matter-of-factly, it left me stunned and I was still dwelling on the thought many days afterward.
I recall this again here after reading a letter recently published on an Israeli website from an anonymous soldier, telling the true story of what they face at the Gaza border on a daily basis.
Whilst I empathise with the frustration of this soldier, his letter reminds me of the speech made by Colonel Richard Kemp to the UN in Geneva when he said the IDF had done more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Here is the letter: 

“I monitor the news media and am dismayed how it ignores what’s really going on at the Gaza border fence. These aren’t “riots” but war in every sense of the word. When I go home and tell people what’s really going on here, they’re shocked.
For a long time now, on a nightly basis, we’ve been facing Hamas groups that throw hundreds of grenades and petrol bombs at us. They fire at us from within crowds of women and children so that we are prevented from responding. Not that we would otherwise shoot them because the rules of engagement for opening fire are confused and frustrating. All of this goes on against a backdrop of powerful exploding balloons and fires that fill the air with black smoke.
We don’t approach the border fence because it is rigged with land mines and explosives which are hidden in all sorts of things; even the inside of Hamas flagpoles. Hamas has studied our weaknesses and is taking full advantage of the situation.
They send children to break through the fence and they come towards us close enough to see the whites of our eyes. We then have to withdraw leaving Hamas to destroy our positions. We are not allowed to return fire and, instead of going on the attack, we have to take cover due to warnings of sniper fire.
We have been abandoned on the battlefield. We feel alone. This week there were warnings of the incendiary balloons being loaded with chemical substances!
And it’s not true that we haven’t suffered injuries. Perhaps not mortal injuries but many soldiers have been wounded in these clashes. The fact that there haven’t been losses on our side is a mystery which can only be explained as Divine protection from Above.
I write this so that Am Yisrael will know the truth of what is going on here.”

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October 08, 2018

Kavanaugh & the Jewish Problem

Nothing has energised the campus Antifa warriors like the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
The images of mob rule and chanting over the voices of reason and due process are so reminiscent of the way Israel has been treated by these same shrieking groups.
Visiting speakers are intimidated, browbeaten and shouted down before they can ever posit an alternative viewpoint, much less the truth or facts of any issue.
The moment this Christine Ford woman levelled those wholly unsubstantiated allegations, senior Democrat congressmen insisted that they believed her 100 percent – not interested in any other possibility, or the presumption of innocence.
The same with Israel – whenever an Arab is killed or injured, in whatever circumstances it is classed as illegal, unwarranted and part of a bigger picture of ethnic cleansing or genocide.
And of course, in both cases the mainstream media takes the side of the mob against the side of reason – since it clearly sells more newspapers and airtime than the defence of an unfairly embattled judge or Jewish state.
Indeed the the Senate Judiciary committee chairman Sen Grassley excoroated the media for only wanting to interview the anti-Kavanagh people, not those who were supporting him. Sound familiar?
Interesting that when Googling for a Kavanaugh mob image to accompany this post, I came across this one, below. What a gem!
Here were signs supporting the defence of Planned Parenthood – the Amazon.Com of abortion in America - alongside a banner opposing circumcision as harmful to babies.
So, it’s OK with the pro-choicers to kill a fully developed foetus, but not OK to hurt its willy if it is ever fortunate enough to make it into this world.
The moral bankruptcy of progressives is simply staggering.

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October 02, 2018

Trump @ War

I remember two years ago, we ended Sukkot with worried speculation that Obama would stick the knife into Israel at the UN General Assembly's opening session.

And he did so - as a parting gift to the Jews at the end of his presidency.
We could hardly have imagined the complete reversal that we saw just two months later with the surprise election of Donald Trump and the complete 180-degree turn toward Israel.
It is said: ישועת ה' כהרף עין G-d's deliverance comes in the wink of an eye. Consider Joseph waking up in his Egyptian dungeon and by sunset clothed in the robes of highest office in the land.

Whatever your American politics may be, left or right, there's no denying that no US president has done more to support Israel than any other - let alone in just 18 months of office.
Trump has put Iran back into sanctions - the most severe coming up in November - and is crippling the regime that vows to wipe Israel off the map as a 'one bomb nation'.
Through his ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump has put the boot into UN bias against Israel and withdrawn membership and funding of anti-Israel bodies like UNHCR and UNESCO.
Trump has cut funds to the so-called Palestinian Authority (still the PLO in all but name) which pays salaries to Jew killers - whom Abbas hails as heroes - and funds their families' needs with European aid money.
Trump has cut funds to UNRWA which inflated 'Palestinian refugee' numbers from 750,000 to 5 million and employs Hamas teachers to educate generations of Arabs in the narrative of Jihad and the destruction of Israel.
Trump has kept Israel plentifully supplied with the defense materiel it requires and guarantees its QME (qualitative military edge).
And, finally, President Trump has bravely moved the US embassy to Jerusalem - something that all his predecessors promised but never delivered.

Former House Speaker Tip O'Neil famously said: "all politics is local".
Well, we say that for Jews of any stripe local must always be Israel.
This is not an issue of dual loyalties, but the imperative of what is vital for Israel's security and the safety of our 6 millions brothers and sisters living there.

So, whatever you think of the star of this movie, or its director, it needs to be seen by all American Jews (except for the hopelessly pathetic self-haters) prior to the upcoming midterm elections. 

The Democrats have one simple agenda: take down Trump by impeachment and block his policies by whatever means, fair or foul.

President Trump has supported our people - it's time to return that support


September 27, 2018

All you need to know ....

No amount of statements or denials by Corbyn, Chakrabarti enquiries, Marr interviews or YouGov polls tells you more about today's Labour Party than this photo, taken at its annual conference this week.
And the fact that Labour is still polling within the margin of error to become the next government, tells you all you need to know about today's Britain.
Very sad indeed. 
Tragic even.

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September 26, 2018

Send us your money, not your Jews

This story appeared in the New York Times and I'm thinking ...

Didn't the Swiss always prefer Jewish money without the extra baggage of Jews?

Isn't that why Final Solution worked so well for them? Tens of thousands of numbered accounts with no claimants - silenced forever.

And the gold fillings of a million Nazi victims melted down into bars and probably still stacked neatly under the sidewalks of Geneva.

September 18, 2018

He took Torah into war

Tomorrow is Judgement Day.

It is also the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, when our enemies attacked us in the style of the Amalekites 3,000 years before; striking when we were ‘weak and weary’ through fasting and at prayer.

Though 1973 was an age before mobile phones, which can now mobilise the IDF reserves in seconds, our enemies forgot one thing. The fact that most Israelis were in or around their synagogues on Yom Kippur enabled the alert to spread instantly and mobilisation took a fraction of the time that it would have on a normal working day in the generation before iPhones.

That was only the first showing of the Almighty’s hand in this war, which over the following days produced stories of deliverance that defied all logic and reason. Legends like Zvika Greengold who singlehandedly held off and destroyed columns of Syrian tanks for 20 hours while reserves were being mustered to the Golan Heights frontline.

One of the iconic photos of the war was of my cousin Hillel Unsdorfer carrying a Sefer Torah in the Sinai desert. He was the young rabbi of Kibbutz Beit Rimon doing his reserve duty on Yom Kippur in a bunker along the Suez Canal. Wherever he went, he took the Torah and this bunker was no exception. After Egyptian forces sprang over the canal, his unit was soon surrounded on all sides and after brave resistance in the opening 48 hours of the war, he was ordered by Moshe Dayan to surrender to the Egyptian army. He did so very reluctantly.

He and his comrades languished in an Egyptian dungeon for a long time until prisoners were finally exchanged. He never spoke of the interrogations and harsh treatment suffered during that time.
Hillel survived the war and Egyptian captivity, but not Israeli roads. He tragically died some years later in a road accident.

His legacy is an iconic image of taking the Torah into war, as it must be with us in every other aspect of Jewish life.

As I write these lines, there is only one airport on the entire planet that is now closed for the next 24 hours. It is the airport of the Jewish state. Our one and only nation state. May G-d always protect it as He did 25 years ago, always and forever.

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September 17, 2018

Fuld – The Day After

We now learn that Ari Fuld’s 17-year-old killer had ordered a falafel which he was eating seconds before he launched his attack. Ascribed to an older person, one would call it a cold calculated killing. But for a 17-year-old it shows us that this generation of Palestinian has simply lost all fear of Jews and the IDF and punishment.

And why not? Most Jews in the territories are not allowed to bear arms and, when they have permits but dare to discharge their weapon, they are subject to the most crushing legal proceedings. As for the IDF, Palestinian kids are routinely sent to border and guard posts to taunt and spit at soldiers with impunity, as long as leftist groups are filming them.

As for punishment – well, you only have to look at the videos from Israeli jails where security prisoners enjoy sports, pizzas and all the time they need for their prayers and creature comforts. The biggest lifer in jail is Marwan Barghouti, who has the freedom to run for Palestinian leadership elections from his cell and cellphone. And, of course these young martyrs know they could be freed at any moment in a swap for dead Israeli soldiers or just to buy some peace and quiet from Hamas on the Gaza border. And, for as long as they are in jail, their families are receiving wages from Abbas, paid with European Aid funds. America to its credit has now cut back this gravy train.

In short, these kids don’t do it for the 72 virgins – now they do it for the money.

If there is one vital lesson from this attack and the spate of random stabbings in this silent Intifada, it is that the Jewish state needs to restore deterrence and take the gloves of human rights and political correctness off its soldiers and those volunteers who guard our towns and settlements. We need to restore the balance of terror and the devil may care about world opinion.

Also in the day after this massive tragedy we have heard from the mayor of this Arab killer’s city of Yatta in the West Bank. He says this happened because "Many things can cause a person to reach a state of abject humiliation. People here are hungry and they have no money to buy food. Their self-respect has been trampled."

Let me tell you something Mr Mayor. If your people are penniless and hungry it is because your Mr Abbas uses your European aid money to pay the wages of Jew-killers like your boy. Last year he paid out $350 million – this year it will be $403 million. That’s where your bread and potatoes, your fuel and your jobs are going.

The definition of Chutzpah used to be the kid who killed his parents and asked for the court’s mercy because he was an orphan. The new definition is blaming murder on poverty when the murderer causes the poverty which supposedly incited the murder.

September 16, 2018

Ari Fuld's Last Shiur

Just before Shabbat, not knowing it would be his last one on this earth, Ari Fuld sat down to give his weekly D'var Torah. (You can watch it on the Facebook link below.)
Ironically he was talking about how our greatest leader Moses was about to die and the need to hand over the baton to Joshua. Touchingly he interrupts to give his daughter the shabbat blessing - so tragically her last!
Ari was an icon of religious Zionism, deeply rooted in our homeland and bound up in our Torah. He was a loving husband and father, an indefatigable campaigner for Jewish civil rights in Eretz Yisrael and - to the very end - a brave and fearless fighter. True to his name Ari, he was a Lion of Judah.
Ari was only the latest Korban (sacrifice) of the failed Oslo Accords, which was a talking point in the media last week on its 25th anniversary. The folly and fiction of peace - or even coexistence - with the PLO should, by now, be clear and irrefutable to any thinking person. But alas, there are still those in the political establishment - and even in the defence hierarchy - that are prepared to take the risk of establishing a PLO state in the West Bank territories of Judea and Samaria.
50 years ago Rabbi Meir Kahane declared that such a state would be a dagger in the Jewish heartland. Sadly the Oslo foundations of such a state have been a dagger in the backs of hundreds of Jewish fathers, mothers and whole families like the tragic Fogels of Itamar.
Ari's killer was just 17 years old. He will be found to be a pupil of the indoctrination and radicalisation programme run by Abbas's PLO, scripted by the Muslim Brotherhood killers of Sadat, and financed by the naiive aid donations of Britain, Germany and other European countries. The killer's family will already have their bank account details notified to Abbas, so that the terror wages can be transferred to them on a monthly basis. These funds take precedence over food, fuel and other essentials needed by Abbas's citizens, as Jew-killing must always come first.
And whilst the Fuld family are sitting shiva, the killer's family will be going house-hunting for their new home, to replace the one which will doubtless be blown up by the IDF. That new home will also be bought with European aid money.
When killings like this happen, the media and talking heads all start jabbering about the 'cycle of violence' as if Jews have routinely been inciting their own youngsters to stab Arabs in the streets.
The only 'cycle' that needs to be halted is the cycle of lunacy: where Israel continues to give more rights, land, guns and autonomy to the enemy within, whilst restricting the rights of our own people to defend themselves.
May the Almighty avenge the blood of His very special son and loyal servant. May his wife and family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may they be spared any more sorrow. 
יהי זכרו ברוך

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September 09, 2018

Shana Tova - Reasons to be cheerful

It’s not been a pleasant year for Anglo Jewry – probably the worst in living memory. After two days of Rosh Hashana, British Jews will emerge from their shuls apprehensive about the 48-hour news cycle and where the next insult and racial abuse will come from.

But as this small piece of Jewish history plays out in little England, it’s important to focus on the bigger picture which behoves us to be thankful for so many blessings.

We should be thankful that we are privileged to be the generation that was able to return to Jerusalem and see it flourish as our reborn capital city, filled with academies of Torah never seen in our history. Thankful that, unlike the generation of the Holocaust, we now all have a Plan-B in the face of discrimination and threats. That our true home – which Robert Frost famously defined as “when you have to go there, they have to take you in” – just happens to have one of the most successful economies and one of the most powerful armies on the planet. And it’s always there for the cost of an airline ticket.

We should be thankful that, whilst wars have raged all around Israel  - and the last rebel enclave in Syria now faces  imminent massacre with the help of Russia and Iran  -  ‘Jacob has dwelt in quietude’ behind well-fortified borders and protected by high-tech domes, arrows and slings dreamed-up in Jewish brains. And that, despite the thousands of rockets that have been fired indiscriminately into our tiny sliver of land, the number of Jewish fatalities can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Thankful that we not only survived 8 years of Obama but have seen a total reversal of his policies under Donald Trump. The opening of the Jerusalem embassy, the censuring of UN bias and the cutting of US aid to UNRWA which always perpetuated the conflict and fuelled the hatred in their school textbooks.
And let’s be thankful for the Likud government and enduring leadership of Bibi Netanyahu who pushed through the controversial Nation State bill, so very important when nation statehood is being eroded by globalists across an increasingly dismal European continent.

And, coming back to Britain, let’s also be thankful for the dignity and fragrance of our MPs as compared with the ugliness of the House racists.

September 07, 2018

Hate Jews / Hate Israel – two sides of the same coin

This week in CorbynLand we’ve seen the British Labour Party rewrite the definition of antisemitism to allow their bigots to discriminate against Israel as a right of free speech.
Until the establishment of the State of Israel, Jews were discriminated against in all parts of the world. Along came Israel and it became the Jew Among Nations.
Long before the IHRA came up with its definition of antisemitism, one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience, Anatoly Sharansky came up with his own “3D Test” for antisemitism. The symptoms were: Delegitimization, Demonization, and Double-standards.
Which happens to fit exactly with the conduct of Corbyn and his supporters towards Israel.
Corbynites regard Israel as an illegitimate state, born in sin. They demonize it as racist and apartheid. And they require it to behave very differently to any other country on earth.
A fifth of the world’s countries have official state religions, including 27 Muslim and 13 Christian. But for the likes of Corbyn there is no place for even one single Jewish state, however tiny and however hunted and endangered its people may have been for all time. Even rooted in its biblically-certified homeland, it is for the likes of Corbyn illegitimate and illegal.
When the fledgling state of Israel turns out to be the only pluralist democracy in the entire region; when it absorbs millions of immigrants from Russia, Africa and Asia; and when it appoints Arabs to its parliament and supreme court, you might expect other free and developed nations to support and protect it like a precious jewel. Instead, quite the opposite, Israel is demonised as an apartheid state with a Nazi army.
When Israel is surrounded on all sides by murderous enemies who have tried 7 wars to destroy it in as many decades; when it is threatened with nuclear annihilation by a fanatical Iranian regime and faces daily security threats in its streets, buses, pizza parlours and airliners, you would expect others to recognize its unique defence needs and to cut it some slack for the occasional stray bullet or collateral damage. But no. For the Jewish state every accident is a war crime. Half a million may be wantonly massacred in Syria and Yemen, but only Israel merits a Goldstone enquiry. A truly monstrous double-standard.
So, it’s plain to see that Corbyn’s idea of ‘free speech’ on Israel passes the 3D Test of antisemitism with straight A’s.
I am a realist and accept that there will always be prejudice and pejoratives thrown about in any cultural mix. So, my preferred definition of an anti-Semite is someone who hates Jewish people more than absolutely necessary.
The same applies for Israel.
It’s a young and tiny state which has had to face up to challenges that no other country has faced, least of all within just two generations.
Criticise it more than absolutely necessary and you are a bigoted racist abuser of the Jew Among Nations.
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