Saturday, December 20, 2008
And here’s another one in a slightly different vain--a real LOL campy take-off of the original Obama Girl, with all the sexy trappings (Israeli style) for some young Likud MK candidate
Monday, June 9, 2008
Syria, like Iran, makes no secret of its genocidal intentions toward Israel. Both actively support a number of major terrorist groups. Syria maintains especially important links to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the PFLP-GC and Hezbollah - which is an Iranian proxy.
Syria cannot afford to detach itself from Iran because Tehran provides the minority Allawi regime with protection against the Sunni majority in Syria. Also, Syria's dominant position in Lebanon is contingent on Hezbollah.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
It should be duly noted that in stark contrast, homosexuality is a crime under the Palestinian Authority, where Gay’s are persecuted and sent to jail. Similarly in Egypt gay men can be sentenced anywhere from 3 and up to 25 years for homosexuality. And in general, the status of gays and lesbians in the Arab and Muslim world is for the most part a dire one.
Some photos I snapped at the event:
Click on any photo for a larger view. The entire album can be viewed here
Some more photos from other people can be found on Flickr by clicking here and here -- don't miss the Israeli soldier girl with a rainbow flag in her shirt pocket
By Rhonda Spivak
WINNIPEG - Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada hit a record high in 2007, according to a recently released report by the League of Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.
The group recorded 1,042 anti-Semitic incidents in Canada in 2007, up 11.4% since 2006. A 59.1% increase was noted on Canadian college and university campuses.
In Montreal, anti-Semitic incidents increased 16 percent from 2006 to 2007, and regional Quebec showed a significant increase of 282 percent from the previous year.
The study also showed that over the past 10 years anti-Semitic incidents have jumped 400 percent in Canada.
Nearly 30 percent of all incidents in 2007 were attributed to internet activity. Of these, nearly one-third involved threatening or harassing communications.
Synagogues were targeted in 22 incidents, in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Richmond British Columbia, Hamilton and Barrie, Ontario. There were 28 incidents of violence in 2007, down from 30 in 2006. Incidents of harassment were up from 588 in 2006 to 699 in 2007.
"The 2007 findings indicate that anti-Semitism is not just at the fringes of Canadian society," Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada said in a news release. He also noted that incidents are no longer "primarily confined to urban centers."
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The New York Times also covered this story which can be found here: Poll Shows Most Palestinians Favor Violence Over Talks
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thousands of Palestinian Arabs in Gaza celebrated the Jerusalem terrorist attack on the Rabbinical seminary on March 5th. AP, Reuters, AFP, Jerusalem Post, Ynet and other news organizations reported on this story--here is one sample from Ynet:
Palestinians distribute sweets in celebration of Jerusalem terror attack as Hamas promises 'this is only the beginning'. Gaza's streets filled with joyous crowds of thousands on Thursday evening following the terror attack at a Jerusalem rabbinical seminary in which eight people were killed. In mosques in Gaza City and northern Gaza, many residents went to perform the prayers of thanksgiving. Armed men fired in the air in celebration and others passed out sweets to passersby.
Of course one of the main reasons these adjectives are missing, has to do in no small part to Political Correct ideological censorship, which has infected every corner of western perception, impeding on free uncensored speech and thought. Worse yet is the fact that societies afflicted with this autoimmune disease are unaware of the censorship that is continuous, is on going, and distorts the most essential and fundamental comprehension of reality.
Furthermore this PC distortion field, distracts from an important fact of the real story is, and that is that the Palestinian population is not really an innocent by stander. They voted in terrorist and fascist organization. As already reported in the past in Tel Aviv Vistas, a Pew research report from last year found that 70% of Palestinians believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be often or sometimes justified.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
FOOD FANTASIES: Africa's organic farms
By Robert Paarlberg
...Nearly all of Africa's farms are thus de facto "organic." Poor and non-productive, but organic.Robert Paarlberg is a professor of political science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the author of "Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa.
Cereal crop yields in Africa are only one-third as high as in developing Asia, and only one-tenth as high as the United States. Average income from this kind of farming amounts to only a dollar a day, which is why nearly 80 percent of all those officially classified as poor in Africa are farmers, and why one third of all farmers are chronically malnourished.
Without modern agricultural science, food production in Africa has fallen ominously behind population growth. Total agricultural production per capita today has fallen 19 percent below the level of 1970. Increasingly, Africans must depend on imported food aid...
In this fashion, and perhaps without realizing it, wealthy countries are imposing the richest of tastes on the poorest of people. The rich are, in effect, telling Africa's farmers they should just as well remain poor.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The article goes on to say that Kedar met Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page through a mutual friend nine years ago at Stanford University, where she was an assistant professor.
Wikipedia cites that Ruth Kedar was born in Brazil, moved to Israel where she received a degree in Architecture from the Technion – a leading Israeli Institute of Technology. She later came to the US to attend the Stanford University Masters Program in Design. More about Ruth Kedar’s graphic design studio can be found at Kedar Designs and other digital art work of hers at Ruth Kedar's Art Studio .
Saturday, February 9, 2008
פשיטת הרגל של המדיה הישראלית: והפעם יומן השבוע ברשת ב' עם פאר לי שחר וניסים קינן סוחרים במוסר יחסי זול ופופוליסטי
מאת נעם רותם \ By Noam Rotem
ביקורת ותגובה לכתבה בתוכנית יומן השבוע ברשת ב' יום שבת 10:00 בבוקר 9.2.08
בתוכנית יומן השבוע של רשת ב' המגישה ועורכת פאר לי שחר השמיעה כתבה של ניסים קינן בו רואיינו שני ילדים בני 13, אחד משדרות ואחד כפר חנון בצד הפלסטינאי. הכתבה הוגשה כאילו הכול שווה וכולם אשמים במידה שווה ורק הפוליטיקאים הרעים משני הצדדים הם הגורמים לסבל האזרחים ואם רק ניתן לילדים לעשות שלום הרי שלום גדול ישרור באיזור כולו.
אבל העובדות הן:
--שחמאס חרטה על דגלה את השמדת מדינת שישראל כנגד אמנת האו"ם לעומת ישראל שקיבלה על עצמה שתי מדינות לשתי עמים.
--שחמאס ומיליטנטים פלסטינאים הם שיורים רקטות מתוך אזורי אוכלוסיה אזרחית ומשתמשים באזרחים כמגן אנושי, דבר שקודם כל נחשב פשע מלחמה, זה בניגוד לכל אמנה של זכויות אדם, והכי חשוב, זה נעשה מתוך חוסר התחשבות בחיי אדם ככלל ושל הפלסטינאים בפרט.
--שחמאס ומיליטנטים פלסטינאים הם שיורים ישירות על אזרחים ישראלים ובמטרה להרוג אזרחים, לעומת צה"ל שמנסה רק לפגוע בלוחמים המתחבאים בקרב אוכלוסיה אזרחית בניגוד לכל אמנה של זכויות אדם.
--שישראל יצאה מעזה, ובמקום להשקיע בחינוך, ניהול תקין, שגשוג, איפה הפלסטינאים משקיעים את האנרגיות וכספים שלהם? --בהסתה, חינוך לשנאה, נשק התקפי לפגוע באזרחים...
כמובן שילד בן 13 לא ידע להעלות את העובדות האלה, כל שכן אם הוא התחנך על ברכי המדיה הישראלית, והרי אין הרבה סיכויים שיקרא את ה-Wall Street Journal, שם כן היה מוצא את העובדות.
פשוט ביזיון של פאר לי שחר וניסים קינן לאינטליגנציה של המאזינים, לרמה עיתונאית, ובגידה לעובדות של מי המפרים האמיתיים של זכויות אדם. האנלוגיה לפשיטת רגל הזאת, תארו לעצמכם שהיו מראיינים ילד בלונדון וילד בדרזדן בזמן מלחמת העולם השנייה והיו מציגים כאילו כולם אשמים במידה שווה ואין צד רשע המפיר כל צלם אנוש. הכתבה הבוקר הייתה פשוט תרגיל זול ופופוליסטי, רווי אידיאולוגיה של תקינות פוליטית ומוסר יחסי בלי הצגת העובדות ובלי בדיקה אמיתית רצינית ועמוקה של הסוגייה.
בימים אלו מתנהל מלחמת דלגטימציה כנגד מדינת ישראל בזכות שלה להתקיים ולהגן על אזרחיה והכול מתוך אצטלה של תקינות פוליטית ומוסר יחסי. וכמה טוב לדעת שרשת ב' יחד עם פאר לי שחר וניסים קינן הם שותפים למלחמה הזאת נגדינו, במקום לספק את העובדות כנגד ההאשמות נגדינו שרובן ככולן חסרות בסיס ומונעות מאידיאולוגיה אנטי-ישראלית חסרת פשרות.
אבל ברשות השידור כמו בארץ ככלל, כנראה אין נשיאה באחריות, ואין חובה לתת דין וחשבון וכך נמשיך כנראה להיחשף לרמה עיתונאית מתחת לכל ביקורת.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The most important official event of the tournament took place on Tuesday in a long row of chess games played by grandmasters from Israel, Ukraine, Poland and Germany. At the same time, dozens of Jews and Arabs participated in the Galilee competition, which offered $20,000 in total prize money.
But most of the spotlight was on a simultaneous exhibition match between a 12-year-old Israeli girl, Marsel Efroimski, and 20 chess players seated next to each other who waited anxiously for the young girl's fast-paced moves. Efroimski, the child of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, lives in Kfar Sava and is a seventh grade student. She says that since age eight, she has been playing chess. Her inspiration and her primary influences came from her father and grandfather.
"Chess is a game that requires a lot of thought," Efroimski said. "I know that it's not a game that draws crowds, but it's a very interesting game and in Ma'alot-Tarshiha, there were actually people who were interested and came to watch the games or participate."
The 20 courageous players did not stand much of a chance against the girl who in November was crowned the world youth chess champion in the under-12 girls category at the championships that were held in Turkey. The title earned her an invitation to receive the congratulations of President Shimon Peres.
Within an hour of beginning the chess matches at the community center in Ma'alot-Tarshiha, 20 victories were credited to Efroimski, who stood throughout the entire competition, as is customary, and merely sprinted from one chessboard to the next.
Monday, January 7, 2008
By Adi Schwartz
One family’s 50-year fight for restitution of an Alexandrian hotel sheds light on the little discussed plight of a million Jews who were expelled from Arab lands decades ago
Below extensive excerpts, read entire original article here
Albert Metzger never left his hotel. Although he owned another six hotels in Alexandria, and was actually in charge of the entire hotel industry in northern Egypt, for him the seaside Cecil Hotel was the jewel in the crown. From the time he built it in 1929 Metzger lived there, in a private apartment on the first floor, supervising every movement and every employee closely. Within a few years the hotel in the heart of Alexandria Bay had become famous, and turned into one of the most famous meeting places in the Levant. British author Lawrence Durrell, who lived in the city for a few years, commemorated it in his "The Alexandria Quartet."
One morning in November 1956, however, Albert Metzger was forced to leave. The gallery of famous guests who used to stay at the hotel - from Al Capone, to Josephine Baker, to Winston Churchill - couldn't help him. Nor could the fact that the battle of El Alamein had been planned on its first floor, at a time when the hotel had served as the headquarters of the British Police. Nor could the fact that Metzger himself had built and created the place ex nihilo.
That morning Metzger went from being a wealthy businessman whom everyone in Alexandria knew, to being persona non grata, an enemy among his fellow Egyptians. In the days following the outbreak of the Sinai Campaign, Egypt had decided on a campaign to punish its Jewish community, which numbered about 50,000 souls. The Jews lost their citizenship, their businesses and bank accounts were confiscated, and they were not allowed to work. The Cecil Hotel, like hundreds of other assets, was taken away by the Egyptian regime for one reason only: Its owners were Jewish.
Overnight Metzger turned from multimillionaire to penniless refugee. Even when he decided to leave the country and try his luck elsewhere, the authorities refused to allow him to take out money, property, jewelry, books or pictures. Only one suitcase full of clothing, weighing 20 kilograms. He left by car accompanied by his family and headed for the Libyan border, leaving behind an entire life that had gone down the drain.
"They told me I'd never win," says Patricia Metzger, 69, in a phone conversation with Haaretz from Dar es Salaam, "but I'm a very stubborn woman. I wanted to return to Alexandria and run the hotel, but the Egyptians told me 'Forget it, it's over.' They kept dragging things out, and in the end they offered us very low compensation. They didn't want to give up the hotel, and that's why they said that if we didn't accept their offer, they would bury the matter for a few more years. I cried when I heard the sum they had offered us for this beautiful hotel, but I agreed, because in any case this may be the longest lawsuit in history. All I wanted was justice."
Back on the agenda
Patricia Metzger's campaign to achieve justice sheds light on a little-discussed aspect of the Israeli-Arab conflict: In the wake of the War of Independence and the establishment of Israel, two major population movements took place in the Middle East. The one that is frequently mentioned is the Palestinian exodus, but at the same time almost one million Jews were forced to leave Arab countries where they had lived for hundreds of years. According to official Arab statistics, some 850,000 Jews left those countries from 1948 to the beginning of the 1970s, and about 600,000 of them were absorbed in Israel. For the sake of comparison, the United Nations data estimate the original population of Palestinian refugees at 720,000.
Moreover, the property the Jews left behind in Arab countries was much more valuable than the property of the Palestinians: The mount of Jewish-owned land alone is estimated at 100,000 square kilometers - four times the size of Israel.
Before the Annapolis summit and now, prior to the visit to Israel of U.S. President George W. Bush, several Jewish organizations are trying to put this subject back on the world agenda. Prof. Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP and former justice minister, wrote a detailed opinion in November on behalf of the Justice for Jews from Arab Countries organization, along with its director and another legal expert...
An expert on human rights, Cotler points out that the definition of refugee in international law - as a person with "a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion" - clearly applied to the Jews from Arab countries. Indeed, the onternational community has already recognized the suffering of these Jews - including in statements by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the 1950s. In 2000, during the Camp David negotiations, then U.S. president Bill Clinton said that Israel was full of Jews who had lived in Arab countries and immigrated to Israel because they had become refugees in their own countries.
Cotler's detailed opinion mentions that the Arab world's refusal to accept the existence of the State of Israel gave rise to a negative attitude and discrimination against the Jews, and even to violence. The 1948 decision by the Arab League in effect determined the policy that Jews would be considered "members of the Jewish minority of Palestine" - i.e., citizens of an enemy country, Israel. The decision also stipulated freezing Jews' bank accounts, imprisonment of Zionists and confiscation of their property. For all these reasons the Jewish population in the Arab countries declined during the first years after Israel's establishment: in Yemen from 55,000 to 4,000; in Iraq from 135,000 to 6,000; in Aden from 8,000 to 800; in Egypt from 80,000 to 50,000; in Libya from 38,000 to 4,000; and in Syria from 30,000 to 5,000.
In each country the situation was different. Ada Aharoni, a native of Cairo who left with her family in 1949, remembers a happy childhood, but also the swift decline after the Partition Plan of the UN General Assembly in 1947.
Aharoni's family decided to leave for Israel. The ships, which couldn't sail directly to Israel, first arrived in Marseille. "Father had deposited all our money in a Swiss bank in Cairo," she recalls, "and the first day we arrived in Marseille, we went to the bank. There the branch manager told him that there wasn't a single cent, because Egypt had confiscated the account."
The shock caused Aharoni's father to suffer a heart attack, from which he had difficulty recovering. His elder brother, a judge in the supreme rabbinical court in Cairo, died of cardiac arrest while on the plane to Paris. The grandmother of her best friend refused to leave the land of her fathers, threw herself down the stairs and died on the spot.
The second anti-Jewish wave in Egypt, which took place in 1956, hit the Metzgers. The family had arrived in the 19th century from France, but Albert, and his father, were born in Egypt and spent almost their entire lives there. Only a few years earlier he had received the title "emir," because of funds he raised for charitable projects and his status in Egyptian society. But with the outbreak of the Sinai Campaign in October 1956, the situation deteriorated.
Some 1,000 Jews were arrested immediately upon the outbreak of the war, and about 500 places of business were confiscated. In the mosques of Cairo and Alexandria a government order was read calling for Jews to be treated as "enemies." Bank accounts were blocked, and Jewish managers and salaried workers were fired. Judges and lawyers were expelled from the professional organization, and Jewish engineers, doctors and teachers were not allowed to work.
Prof. Aharoni believes that a major mistake is being made. In her opinion, this is not only a matter of doing historical justice to entire communities that were lost, but also a matter of great importance to the present. She discovered that first hand when, a few years ago, she gave a course at the University of Pennsylvania entitled "The Nakba [Arabic for 'catastrophe'] of the Jews of Egypt and Arab Countries." Over half the 50 students in the class, she recalls, were Arabs from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Palestinians and Israelis, as well as several Iranians. They all expressed great anger when she presented the subject of the course, and claimed that "nakba" refers only to the tragic events experienced by the Palestinians in 1948. However, she says, toward the end of the course one of the participants, a Palestinian PhD in sociology, got up and said in amazement: "We checked the data carefully, and the numbers and facts you gave us were in fact correct. I'm surprised that you Jews, who are known to be intelligent, enlightened and smart, haven't publicized this important and interesting story. How is it that we never heard this story? Why don't you tell the story of the nakba of the Jews from the Arab countries?"
Aharoni was curious to know why it was so important to him that the story be publicized. "Because it rescues my honor and that of my people," he replied. "It makes us Palestinians realize that we're not the only ones who suffered from the Arab-Israeli conflict. It makes things much easier for us. This information enables us to stand erect and opens opportunities for a sulha [reconciliation]. The condition for a sulha is that the side that causes injustice to the other side has to pay for it. Full reconciliation is reflected in the sulha ceremony where the payment is made. Now I understand that those Jews already paid for the sulha, when they lost all their property and were forced to disperse, just like us Palestinians. The conditions of the sulha have already been fulfilled. If the Israeli government publicizes that, the two nations will be able to progress to a process of true peace. We won't feel that we are the only underdog, because the Jews from the Arab countries were victims. You also experienced a catastrophe, and the time has come to engage in a sulha and to stop killing one another."
זה היה ביתם
מיליון היהודים האחרים שגורשו ממדינות ערב לאחר הקמת מדינת ישראל, נשכחו משום מה
פרופ' אהרוני סבורה שזאת החמצה מצערת. לדעתה, לא רק שמדובר בעשיית צדק היסטורי עם קהילות שלמות שאבדו, אלא שיש בכך גם חשיבות רבה להווה. על כך היא למדה ממקור ראשון, כשהעבירה לפני כמה שנים קורס באוניברסיטת פנסילווניה על "הנכבה של יהודי מצרים וארצות ערב". יותר ממחצית מחמישים הסטודנטים בכיתה, היא מספרת, היו ערבים ממצרים, ירדן, עיראק, סוריה, ערבים פלשתינאים וישראלים, וגם כמה איראנים. כולם הביעו תרעומת כשהציגה את נושא הקורס, וטענו שהמלה נכבה מתייחסת רק לאירועים הטרגיים שעברו על הפלשתינאים ב-1948.
ואולם, היא אומרת, לקראת סוף הקורס קם אחד המשתתפים, דוקטור לסוציולוגיה פלשתינאי, ואמר לה בהשתאות: "בדקנו את הנתונים, ואכן המספרים והעובדות שנתת לנו היו נכונים. אני מתפלא איך אתם היהודים, שידועים כאינטליגנטים, נאורים וחכמים, לא פירסמתם את כל הפרשה החשובה והמעניינת הזאת? איך קרה שלא שמענו אף פעם את הסיפור הזה? למה אתם לא מספרים את סיפור הנכבה של היהודים מארצות ערב?"
אהרוני הסתקרנה לדעת מדוע כל כך חשוב לו שהסיפור הזה יפורסם. "כי זה מציל את כבודי ואת כבוד עמי", השיב לה. "זה מביא אותנו הפלשתינאים להכרה שאנחנו לא היחידים שסבלו מהסכסוך הערבי-ישראלי. זה מאוד מקל עלינו. המידע הזה זוקף את קומתנו ופותח אפשרויות לסולחה. התנאי לקיום סולחה הוא שהצד שגרם עוול לצד השני ישלם על כך במשהו. הפיוס המלא מקבל את ביטויו בטקס הסולחה שבו מתבצע התשלום. עכשיו הבנתי שהיהודים האלה כבר שילמו עבור הסולחה, כאשר הפסידו את כל רכושם ונאלצו להתפזר, בדיוק כמונו הפלשתינאים. תנאי הסולחה הרי הושלמו. אם ממשלת ישראל תפרסם זאת ברבים, שני העמים יוכלו להתקדם לתהליך של שלום אמיתי. אנחנו לא נרגיש שאנחנו האנדרדוג היחיד, כי גם יהודי ארצות ערב היו קורבנות. גם אתם עברתם קטסטרופה, ואכן הגיע הזמן לעשות סולחה ולהפסיק להרוג אחד את השני".
A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people on Friday in a mosque in the home compound of Pakistan's former interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao, in what appeared to be a political attack on the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. About 100 people were injured.Editorial Comment
The bomb, packed with ball bearings and nails, ripped through a crowd of hundreds at a mosque in Sherpao's home compound in a village called Sherpao, not far from Peshawar. The suspected bomber sat in a middle row among the worshippers and set off his bomb as prayers ended and people gathered around...
We've seen Arabs and Muslims take to the streets around the world in mass and in frenzied and violent demonstrations over a cartoon of Mohamed. At the same time absolute silence regarding the vile and viciously anti-American and anti-Semitic cartoons which are a staple in the Arab press. But maybe the height of hypocrisy is the utter silence regarding the copious blood letting by Muslims of Muslims as in this incident. And in response to this Mosque massacre there is no pan-Muslim uproar, no worldwide demonstrating by alleged moderates, instead just the deafening silence of hypocrisy.