THIS MARCH 18TH 2014 ONLY 8% OF REGISTERED VOTERS VOTED in Illinois' by-election v. the usual 20% in by-elections turned out to vote. NOV 6, 2013 ONLY 24% OF REGISTERED VOTERS VOTED IN THE DE BLASIO ELECTION. GETTING OUT THE VOTE IS A SUBSTANTIAL TASK GOING FORWARD.
The Rebbe said to Arik Sharon in the 60's 70's 80's and early
I quote, "Enough already with trying to always impress The
Rabbi Rafe Konikov, Chabad of Southampton NY
Childrens Book Award
The book, "Majn Alef Bejs," was announced this month as the 2014 winner of the first prize in the nonfiction category of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, which will open March 24 in the northern Italian city.
"A stunningly produced alphabet of Yiddish poems, this book instantly united the Jury as the outright winner for the Non-Fiction category," the jury wrote on the website on the annual book fair.
The book combines approximately 30 Yiddish poems of Jehoszua Kaminski, who was born in 1884, with illustrations by Urszula Palusinska, who was born a century later. Each poem is used in the book to teach readers a single letter of the Yiddish alphabet, which is identical to the Hebrew alphabet.
"Yiddish is the language of our grandparents," she told JTA. "It is totally forgotten in Poland. The book is a tribute to our heritage."
The book was produced by the Krakow-based CZULENT Jewish association with funding from three organizations and 50 private donors, according to CZULENT's Anna Makowka-Kwapisiewicz.
140221 WHY DO JEWS CONTINUE TO BE ENABLERS OF ANTI-SEMITISM?
https://www.google.com/search?q=moi+in+french+pronunciation&oq=Moi+in+french&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.6961j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=Judith+Butler+at+JEwish+Museum It's scarey to read all the obsequious articles on these google pages.
BACKSTORY: On Feb 21, 2014 Judith Butler, was F O R C E D to withdraw from a speaker's gig at the Jewish Museum, NYC, based on her clear and certain support of BDS against ISRAEL. However, as you can see from the above extensive posts surrounding that event on google, the first dozen + articles quoted Butler as "cancelling", "withdrawing", "pulling out", only on pp2 of the google posts do we see: Lori Lowenthal Marcus' article in the Jewish Press Headline reading: NYC's Jewish Museum Invites, then Uninvites, Major BDS Advocate Not only did the Jewish Museum invite someone whose malice towards the Jewish State is well-known, it then tried to cast those who complained as the bad actors. The Jewish Museum contratemps was in fact a side bar to Butler's first major offense against Israel and all Jews, in NYC.. It occurred a year earlier, January 2013.
In January of 2013, it was announced that the Brooklyn College Political Science Department endorsed and co-sponsored with various Students for Justice in Palestine organizations, a forum about the Boycott of, Divestment from, and Sanctions against, Israel (BDS) movement. The title of the forum was: "A lecture by Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti on the importance of BDS in helping END Israeli apartheid and the occupation of Palestine." The sub-title, just in case you hadn't yet understood the point, was "BDS, a Strategy - A lecture by Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti" (Marcus: Jewish Press Feb 7, 2013)
It's been more than a year since four Jewish pro-Israel students (the JPI Students) were forcibly ejected from an anti-Israel talk given by the two proponents of BDS, co-sponsored by and held at Brooklyn College. Finally, this past Friday, March 7, 2014, Brooklyn College president Karen Gould issued a public apology to the JPI Students. But that very-late apology should be only the very first step taken, according to the public interest law center representing those students. SILENCE IS ACQUIESSENCE - DON'T BE AN ENABLER.
140321 HEADLINE: MY COUNTRY NEEDS YOU (FROM A HINDU PHARMACY PROFESSOR IN INDIA)
Janet Levy: I read in the Jerusalem Post that Israel is India's largest military supplier! This must be why Kerry's State Department is trying to scuttle the latest Indian-Israeli weapons deal.
Dr. S: My country needs Israel, especially Hindus, more than ever because it is the only nation with a spine to stand up against these mad and violent Jehaadis (JIHADIS). Even the USA will turn a blind eye if tomorrow the insane Paaki Jehaadis launch a massive attack on us. I remember way back when Israel requested my country to provide airspace to launch attack on Paak's nuclear facilities. But the coward leaders of my country then, refused.
Janet Levy: Was that the planned attack on the Kahuta nuclear reactor in Pakistan in 1982?
Dr S: YES ISRAEL HAD HAD A PLAN, IN 1982 - BUT IT WAS SQUELCHED
MARCH 25, TUESDAY NOON -2pm Room HC-5 US Capitol Building (Lunch served-Dietary Laws Observed RSVP email@example.com Subj. line: Ettinger Event Luncheon Seminar on "The Myth of the Palestinian Demographic Crisis" LET YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES KNOW to find VOTESMART.ORG
DEMOGRAPHIC STUDIES ARE A WINNING STRATEGY FOR ISRAEL AND HER JEWS. President Barack Obama spouts the wrong numbers. He recently spoke with the Atlantic's Jeffery Goldberg in wide ranging interview covering a number of demographics" as part of the "closing window" for the Israelis to make peace with their Palestinian neighbors. Certainly the President is not the first to trot out reports that Israel faces threats to either the Jewish or the democratic nature of its state if it does not relinquish control over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians. But how accurate are such claims? Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger will address those statements with a concise and factual examination of what the real demographics of the region actually suggest.
Additionally, Amb. Ettinger will discuss the threat posed by an Iranian nuclear bomb. Is there still a credible "military option" as President Obama indicated in his interview with Goldberg? With the current administration fixated on diplomacy with an interim agreement that many experts believe has left Iran "open for business" and its nuclear program still churning, will Israel have to "go it alone?" If so what kind of assistance will it need from the United States, and from Pro-Israel Americans? Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, is a member of the American-Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG), which has documented dramatic flaws behind demographic fatalism on one hand and a Jewish demographic momentum on the other hand. He serves as a consultant to members of Israel's Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israel's contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern. Ambassador (ret.) Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington (with a rank of an ambassador), Israel's Consul General in Houston and Director of Israel's Government Press Office.
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 5:30 PM Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy presents: "The New RDS Movement (Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship): One Academic's Symbolic Pushback Against the BDS Movement" Dahn Hiuni, Artist, Playwright, Independent Scholar;www.algemeiner.com/2014/02/11/professor-strips-thesis-of-judith-butler-sourcing-calls-for-rds-retractions-and-disavowals-in-scholarship-to-oppose-bds-interview/ . www.ISGAP.org 165 East 56th St., 4th Floor, NY, NY 10022. RSVP/ID required: info@ISGAP.org;
MARCH 25, 2014 8 PM
The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University as part of
its Israeli Film Series presents the film Before the Revolution, the untold
story of the Israeli community inpre-revolution Iran. Q&A with
Director Dan Shadur after the screening.
BeforeTheRevolution.net. 513 Fayerweather (1180 Amsterdam Avenue NY, NY)
IIJS.Columbia.edu. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP/ID
required to sa3082@columbia;
MARCH 25, 2014 9:15 PM
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA.org)New Directors Film Festival - North
American Premiere of Tom Shoval's film Youth. 107 min. (Israel and Germany)
Director will be present at this screening at the Walter Reade Theatre 165 West
65th Street NYC
March 25, 2014 11 AM-5:45 PM
Pre- ALIYAH planning. One on one meetings. Nefesh B'Nefesh. Hosted by Avigail
Buiumsohn. UJA-Federation 130 East E59th Street NY, NY 10022 RSVP
MARCH 26, 2014 9 AM - 10:30 AM
The Lawfare Project presents Counter-Lawfare: Addressing the coming Campaign
Against Israel at the International Criminal Court and the Discriminatory
Boycott Movement. Featuring Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law,
Northwestern University Fellow. Your RSVP must be confirmed to
attend. ID required:
, MARCH 26, 2014 5:30 PM
Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP.org) presents
"How Bad is Modern European Anti-Semitism?" Benjamin Weinthal: Leading
International Journalist, Jerusalem Post Correspondent for European
Affairs and the Berlin based Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of
Democracies. 165 East 56th St, 4th Fl NYC 10022. Doors open at 5PM.
RSVP/ID required: info@ISGAP.org;
MARCH 26, 2014 6:00 PM
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA.org) New Directors Film
(NewDirectors.org/film/youth) North American Premiere of Tom Shoval's film
"Youth". 107 min. (Israel and Germany) Director will be present at this
screening at the MOMA's Titus Theatre. 11 West 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 (see
also MOMA.org for March 25th listing)
Thursday, March 27, 2014
12:30 Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy presents
"Critical Theory and Zionism" Polictical scientist Dr. Clemens Heni, Phd.,
Director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. For
details please see:http://brandeiscenter.com/blog/berlin-anti-anti-semitism-center-publishes-new-research/ .
ISGAP.org 165 East 56th St, 4th Fl NYC 10022. RSVP/ID required: info@ISGAP.org;
MARCH 27, 2014 6:30 PM
Acclaimed director Péter Forgács explores the unique circumstances of the
Holocaust in southern Hungary in his intimate film Free Fall, told through the
home videos of a Jewish family in the 1940s. Forgács will introduce the film and
be present for a post-screening discussion. This film screening commemorates the
70th anniversary of the beginning of nationwide mass deportations in
Hungary. Center For Jewish History 15 West 16th St. NY. NY 10011. $10/ID
required. Telephone 212 291 8301. CJH.org/event/2372
1-WHEN OUR CHILDREN WILL ASK US: "WERE YOU AROUND WHEN JONATHAN POLLARD WAS ALIVE?" THE SHAMEFUL ANSWER WILL BE: "YES, I WAS AROUND, AND I DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO HELP HIM."
2-THE UN CONCLUDES:
-A MINIMUM OF 10,000 CHILDREN HAVE DIED IN THE SYRIAN CONFLICT, PROBABLY AN UNDERESTIMATE,
-ALMOST 3 MILLION CHILDREN IN SYRIA AND NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL,
-MORE THAN 1/3 OF SYRIAN CHILDREN ARE NO LONGER LIVING IN THEIR HOMES OR COMMUNITIES.
Applaud Judith Miller for this immensely important article written so well it stands as a 'how to' primer in journalistic exposition.
3-BOSTON JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS SPONSOR HARVARD STUDENT TRIP TO ARAFAT'S GRAVE. Israel Trek is made possible by the generous contributions of a number of family foundations and Boston's Combined Jewish Philanthropies. (Does that mean UJA-FEDERATION played a part in the trips funding?) The Trek is supported by Harvard Hillel. Elders of Zion rightfully commented: People respect you more when you have some self respect. Telling the students that they are free to do what they want, but that the leaders of the trip find the idea of paying respects to a terrorist is repugnant, is far preferable to promulgating the "all narratives are equally valid" idiocy that passes for enlightened education nowadays. This is a sickness.
There is another, fuller, confusing article by kiryasjoel.com: And if the Palestinian Arab leaders will only meet with American students with a "tour of the Mukata" as a prerequisite, what does that say about their openness? Should American students be turned into propaganda tools as a trade-off to get the leaders to sit down with those students.and it all begins to sound a bit like some of the distortions in the"peace process" negotiations..
David Eden, Chief Administrative Officer of Hillel International, issued a statement which was posted at another media site which covered the Harvard Israel Trek visit to the Mukata. But, not surprisingly, Eden also appeared to be angry only that the picture was posted, and not that Harvard students were taken on a pilgrimage to the burial shrine of Yasser Arafat.
The Harvard College Israel Trek 2014 students met with Jodi Rudoren (NYTimes Jerusalem Bureau Chief as of May 2012), on Saturday, March 15.
Rudoren, for those who do not recall, got into a bit of hot water when she first came to Israel. She was highly criticized for tweeting out friendly messages to people like Ali Abunimah, the editor of the Electronic Intifada. Abunimah is a devout supporter of the Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel movement.
In a previously unheard of form of reprimand, Rudoren was assigned a social media editor, in an effort to curb her public and repeated faux pas.
Last summer Rudoren was again widely criticized for an article that was understood by many to be not just justifying, but romanticizing the rock throwing by Arab youth.
This is how one of the Harvard students described NYTimes writer Rudoren's talk to the Harvard College Israel Trek 2014 group in her blog.
Our first speaker was Jody, who is the editor in chief for the Israel bureau of NYT. She's so funny and chill, I loved it. One thing she said that really stuck out to me was that the "face" of the Israeli conflict is the Palestininan [sic] stone thrower. It's painful to be in the face of guns and soldiers whom you feel have wronged you, your history, your family, and all you have are stones. But you make do, taking back some of the earth that was taken from you to gain it all back. Hope and resilience, anger and love. These emotions really rule the world, no matter what your background and where you come from. Although I would never want to compare the Palestinian experience to anything because there is nothing like it and that would neglect the nuanced complexity of the situation, I see similarities between the Palestinian struggle and other movements for justice, based on narrative. It's painfully, beautifully sad, that no matter how much time has passed in history, suffering for the same reasons occurs time after time. (emphasis added). [WHY DO FAIR MINDED PEOPLE STILL READ THE NY TIMES?]
If the goal of Israel Trek is to create students who are "knowledgeable student leaders who can advocate in an effective way for Israel," this student's "takeaway" from Rudoren is not reassuring. (KiryasJoel.com)
4-A STATE WITHOUT DELUSION History has taught us that Palestine must remain limited in its turf and in its weapons - because, like its Arab neighbors, it cannot be trusted to let well enough alone. So starts Marty Peretz's article. Marty Peretz Editor-in-chief Emeritus of The New Republic, was an early supporter of Barack Obama. Peretz's excellent analysis was penned just over two years ago in March 2012. Regrettably in conclusion Peretz continues to support a palestinean state.
Palestine is still a central trope in the politics of the Arab world. It may be the only subject on which a fissiparous (tending to break into parts) culture of a quarter of a billion people can agree.There must be another solution for this unwanted nettle in the side of the Middle East. Only Israel accepts palestineans, almost 20%, within their population as full citizens, with representatives in their Knesset.
Carolyn Glick has just written, is speaking at many venues daily in the NYC area, The Israeli Solution.
In essence Israel would apply it laws to Judea and Samaria and govern the areas as normal parts of Israel. The military government will be dissolved, as it was in the Golan Heights in 1981, when Israel applied Israeli law to that area. The palestinean authority will be dissolved. Its security forces will be disbanded and disarmed, and the Israeli military and police will assume full security responsibility for the whole of the country. Israel will place reasonable limits on eligibility for citizenship. For instance, past or current membership in terrorist organizations and past or current incitement to violence against Israel, should disqualify an individual from asquiring cirizenship.
The PLO will no longer be the representative of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. Like their fellow Israeli Arabs and Jews, if they apply for and receive citizenship, the palestini ans in Judea and Samaria will be duly represented by legislators in the Knesset whom they elect. And all of them will be represented in their local governments by officials they will elect.
Yes, implementing Israeli law in Judean and Samaria will doubtlessly cause a host of difficulties for Israel - not least, that such a move will burden its welfare services. However, this policy has one key advantage that the two-state policy and the confederation- with-Jordan policy lack: it is a viable, realistic option, not a pipe dream. It also has an advantage over the option of prolonging the current dual governance by the palestinian authority and the Israeli military government: it is fair, liberal and democratic. pp. 120-121. THE ISRAELI SOLUTION, Caroline Glick
1>THE POLLARD BLOODSTAIN
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, CAN THIS GENERATION SAY THEY DID EVERYTHING TO SAVE A FRIEND OF ISRAEL?
The writer is a Jerusalem-based FM radio show host, the director of Kumah, a pro-Israel NGO, and a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law.?
The above is not true yet, but it may be weeks, days or hours away from being true.
With the recent news of yet another hospitalization and emergency surgery on Jonathan Pollard's kidneys, intestines and gall bladder, we can't avoid the thought of his possible death. We must look it squarely in the face, and imagine how we will feel when we hear the news.
We are used to thinking of the Pollard case as something outside of us, not too personal. But if Pollard dies in prison, then our whole generation will die just a little. We will all bear the stain of failing a man who risked his life to protect Israel. When our children will ask us: "Were you around when Jonathan Pollard was alive?" the shameful answer will be: "Yes, I was around, and I did not do enough to help him." To remind you: Pollard was a US Naval intelligence analyst who passed information to Israel, an American ally, about its own self-defense. He was caught and agreed to a plea bargain, but instead of getting two to four years like other agents who spied on the US for enemy states, Pollard got life in prison.
This harsh sentence came about as a result of af?davits written to the court by then-secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger has since been discredited by people like Robert "Bud" McFarlane, Ronald Reagan's national security adviser at the time, who wrote to President Barack Obama on behalf of Pollard, saying that Weinberger had a history of "unbalanced reasoning" when it came to Israel.
McFarlane is not the only of?cial to stand up for Pollard. Lawrence Korb also wrote Obama to plead for clemency: "Dear Mr. President: As assistant secretary of defense at the time of Jonathan Pollard's arrest, I respectfully request that you exercise your power of clemency on behalf of Mr. Pollard, who has now been in prison for 25 years. Jonathan Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for passing classi?ed information to an American ally. Based on my ?rst-hand knowledge, I can say with con?dence that the severity of Pollard's sentence is a result of an almost visceral dislike of Israel, and the special place it occupies in our foreign policy on the part of my boss at the time, secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger."
In an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, Korb wrote: "Most of the major decision-makers who were intimately involved in the case have issued public calls for clemency. They include former secretary of state George Shultz, former senator David Durenberger (who served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at the time of Pollard's conviction), and former congressman Lee Hamilton (chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time of Pollard's sentencing). Key ?gures who viewed the classi?ed damage assessment years later also favor Pollard's release. They include former head of Senate Intelligence Dennis DeConcini, deputy attorney-general Philip Heymann, attorney-general Michael Mukasey, White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, as well as James Woolsey, former director of the CIA."
Woolsey even published a letter in The Wall Street Journal titled "It's time to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence."
And there are even more top-level people who have written Obama seeking clemency for Pollard, including Henry Kissinger, Arlen Specter, Allen West, Dan Quayle and Prof. Angelo Codevilla, along with hundreds of American legislators and spiritual leaders who have signed petitions.
So why is Pollard still in prison, even though so many have taken a brave public stand, he has served more than enough time, and he suffers from dangerously failing health? Maybe Weinberger, whose father was of Jewish descent, is the not the only anti-Semite out there. Maybe there are people in the halls of American power that want American Jews and Israelis to keep their heads down, and not get out of line. Pollard's imprisonment is a form of collective punishment - "Jews, know your place."
Now, I am calling on the American people, so many of whom are friends of Israel: This is the hour of your test - will you let this man, who is serving an immoral life sentence for defending Israel, die? It is your time to stand up, and use the democracy of which America is so proud. Pull out all the stops. You already have top brass behind the cause, but now the voice of the people must be heard. Make sure your congressmen, senators and president know that this will not stand, because without justice and liberty, what is America? That being said, we Jews and Israelis mustn't pass the buck. We can blame intransigent US administrations all we want, but have we made it clear that we demand Pollard's freedom? Sure, we said a prayer, sent a boilerplate email, and even attended a rally for Jonathan. But so far, most of us did not disrupt our lives nor have we taken steps to disrupt our government's life, and the life of Jewish organizations who represent us.
Throughout our history, we Jews have known the pain of captives and this is re?ected in our literature, where the Talmud calls the redemption of captives a mitzva raba, a great mitzva, for captivity is viewed as even worse than starvation and death. Maimonides writes: "The redeeming of captives takes precedence over supporting the poor or clothing them.
There is no greater mitzva than redeeming captives... Ignoring the need to redeem captives desecrates [the verses], "Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is shed" (Lev. 19:16) and. "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18)."
The Shulhan Aruch, the codex of Jewish law, adds: "Every moment that one delays in freeing captives, in cases where it is possible to expedite their freedom, is considered to be tantamount to murder." Ouch.
Recently, after news of Pollard's hospitalization, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was on Channel 10, and stated: "Pollard does not need to be in the hospital nor in a prison - he needs to be released."
Netanyahu continued: "There isn't a single conversation in the White House that goes by without bringing [Pollard] up," and "I hope that we can ?nally succeed to bring him home."
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: If you keep "conversing" for his release, Pollard will soon be dead. There is no time for ?nessing, cajoling or games.
For your own sake as much as Pollard's, and for the sake of this generation, you need to place the weight of Israel behind this issue: Call in friends, make some threats, throw some muscle around.
Mr. Prime Minister: Just as you made the release of Gilad Schalit a priority, so too make Pollard's release a priority, so that this Passover, the holiday of freedom, Pollard can sit at a Seder table in Jerusalem.
Indeed, we all want Jonathan Pollard to come home. We hope he sees the sunset on the Mediterranean, feels the desert breeze on his face, and says the thankful prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Yes, we all want him to have health and happy days, but unless something changes, Jonathan Pollard, our brother, will soon die in Butner prison - and we will all bear the bloodstain of his death for the rest of our lives. ?
March 18, 2014
"A narrow window of opportunity remains to protect this brutalized generation," the "Under Siege" report warns.
But such second-guessing now serves no point. At this stage, there seem to be few good options for stopping the ongoing slaughter of combatants and innocents alike.
3<BOSTON JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS SPONSOR STUDENT TRIP TO ARAFAT'S GRAVE
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Trek is being led by a dynamic team of Israeli undergraduates, and will draw on the narratives of its participants and leaders, placing a special emphasis on fostering meaningful personal relationships. This component will add a unique and personal dimension to this particular Israel experience.
Students will learn about Israeli history, culture, and politics. Some of the topics explored will include the hi-tech industry, the emerging cultural landscape, questions regarding religion and state, the peace process and Israel's geopolitical position in the region.
Israel Trek is made possible by the generous contributions of a number of family foundations and Boston's Combined Jewish Philanthropies. The Trek is supported by Harvard Hillel.
So why the hell did this trip, sponsored by Jewish organizations and Harvard Hillel, take the students to pose at the grave of a mass murderer of Jews?
News bulletin: People respect you more when you have some self respect. Telling the students that they are free to do what they want, but that the leaders of the trip find the idea of paying respects to a terrorist is repugnant, is far preferable to promulgating the "all narratives are equally valid" idiocy that passes for enlightened opinion nowadays.
This is a sickness.