Category Archives: Judaism

Hamas And Fatah Sign Agreement

There is no question that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas which controls Gaza have signed an agreement providing for the end of their dispute and holding of a peaceful election between Fatah and Hamas within a few months. So, why is Netanyahu angry? One might think he would be pleased that Palestinians are united which would ensure that any agreement signed by President Abbas and himself would be carried out by all Palestinians. Prime Minister Netanyahu simply does NOT want peace. His supporters on the West Bank and among Orthodox Jews thrive as long as their is conflict and discord. Each passing day witnesses the extension of Jewish settlements on the West Bank even though that area was part of the original United Nations accord for two states in the old mandate of Palestine.

Israel has a powerful armed forces. It is in possession of atomic weapons. It can use its military force to take land away from Palestinians. But, each passing day means that it simply is a matter of time before miniature weapons of mass destruction will be developed. The growing population of Palestinians means it is simply a matter of time before Israel confronts the reality there are more Palestinians than Jews. Oh, Israel can create a unified apartheid state and become the most hated nation in the world.

PEACE is the ONLY hope for Israel. NOW is the time!

Israel Again Displays Arrogance

There is no doubt the right of Jews to live in the state of Israel has never been acknowledged by many nations of the world. The reason is quite clear-there remains among many people an undying hatred of Jews. That is reality. However, the history of the Israel government in handling delicate issues pertaining to the religious center of Jerusalem which belongs to Jews, Christians and Muslims has been an adventure in disastrous public relations. Three religions converge on Jerusalem, three religions have sites they worship in Jerusalem, and three religions have the right to honor their legacy in Jerusalem. It is now Easter Week and Israel authorities have assumed the right to decide who can worship and who cannot. Robert Sergy, a UN official was even denied the right to enter religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem because Israel police have barricades through which worshippers can only pass–with permission of the Israel government.

Father Firas Aridah expressed the feeling of thousands of Christians who live on the West Bank: “the Israel authorities have said they are giving more permits this year to come from the West Bank, but the point is that Christians should be able to come here without permits.” Christianity was born two thousand years ago in Jerusalem and Christians are entitled to the right to pray not only during Easter Week, but throughout the year.

The Israel government needs a few lessons in public relations. To deny the right of worship to others simply increases hatred towards Israel.

US Congress Opposes Peace

The government of Iran is furious at recent action by the United States government which refused to grant a visa to the person its government nominated to be their delegate to the United Nations. Hamid Aboutelabi is charged with the crime of being involved with seizure of American hostages in 1979 and thus poses a risk to the security of the United States of America. This denial of what is a normal process was caused by actions of the United States Congress where both Republicans and Democrats seek money from the Israel lobby and if Benjamin Netanyahu sneezes then it is incumbent upon American congressmen to run for a handkerchief. This is disgraceful behavior. Leading nations of the world are engaged in diplomatic discussions with Iran in order to avoid the prospect of a nuclear race in the Middle East. And, the ignorant people in our Congress allow prejudice and desire for money to stand ahead of the world’s need for peace.

I assume if we return to 1979 for war criminals, how about:

1. Ronald Reagan who provided aid and comfort to Saddam Hussein.

2. Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney who authorized torture which was in violation of international law?

3. The British for killing Americans during the War of 1812.

Disgusting behavior!

Anti Semitism In Ukraine

My father arrived in the United States of America after enduring bitter moments of anti-Semitism in his native Ukraine. Those who claim in Ukraine to be true Russians in heart seized some buildings in the city of Donetsk, raised the Russian flag and decided to make clear they also were, in heart, just old fashioned haters of Jews. Those dressed in the uniform of the Russian army handed out leaflets which demanded that Jews in the city be registered and pay a fine for the crime of being a Jew! The leaflet warns Jews failure to register would result in having their citizenship taken away, possible deportation and seizure of their assets. For some strange reason, this threat was not followed up by mass shootings-or does that come later?

Vladimir Putin continues his exhibition of bravado with warnings that HE must save the people of eastern Ukraine from the possibility of living in a democratic society. I assume that he means HE will deliver them from the evil of homosexuality and free speech and other such atrocities!

Irony Of Hate

The emotion of hate is among the most powerful that is found in the minds and hearts of people. Of course, hate comes in various shapes and sizes. To live in 2014 America is to inhabit a nation in which mass media outlets like Fox News so enjoy insulting and degrading people for their political or their social views or because they are poor and lack protection of any aspect of the government. Who today is ever shocked when some nut case explodes and begins to fire away at those who are defenseless. After all, this is the RIGHT of anyone to possess guns and explosives and high powered rifles just as our ancestors had in 1787 when they wrote the Second Amendment. If one believes that our government allows use of weapons of destruction on ground there are enemies out there seeking my death, it is simply a matter of time before I will “protect myself” by attacking those who I dread.

Frazier Glenn Cross has devoted his life to the pursuit of HATE. He hates Jews, he hates blacks, he hates Muslims, and most probably he hates “LIBERALS.” Cross has pursued over thirty years the road of Hate and constantly endeavored to spew his venom in the direction of Jews. He believes Adolf Hitler is a great man, and Mr. Cross so desires to become a great man. Finally, Mr. Cross received a goal, his name is now known throughout the land. He entered a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City and blasted away at a grandfather and a 14 year old boy. Cross then ventured to an old folks home and continued to shoot. In the end, two are dead. Ironically, the two dead people are Christians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mr. Cross is now enjoying his thirty seconds of fame.

Cuba The Once Revolutionary State

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago the people of Cuba rose in anger against their dictator, President Batista, and sent him fleeing to the riches he had in the United States of America. Fidel Castro and his merry band of rebels entered Havana and promised people that the evil times of oppression and brutality were at an end. To prove his point, dozens of those who served the Batista government were placed against a wall and shot. The idea of a trial by jury was not part of the Castro regime which wanted to end Batista’s denial of human rights. Ironically, when Castro in 1953 made his first attempt at revolution and was captured, he was put on trial and received a jail sentence. Alan Gross, an American came to Cuba in order to work with the small number of Jews still in the country. His goal was simply to aid them gain access to the Internet.

Naturally, in the democracy known as Castroland, the government alone decides what you can watch or with whom you can speak. Mr. Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail, for attempting to overthrow the Batista regime, Fidel got a few years in jail. Mr. Gross attempted a hunger protest, but under pressure from his family, ended it. He added: “There will be no further protests until both governments show more concern for human beings and less for malice and derision towards each other.”

Too bad Gross did not attempt to overthrow the Batista dictatorship.

Secede Is Now A Right

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is very worried that Russian moves to encourage eastern areas of the Ukraine to break away might impact other areas of the region and lead to secession efforts. “We don’t want the Ukraine crisis to start a domino effect around the Black Sea.” He would prefer that any problems within the Ukraine or between Russia and that nation be resolved “within the framework of international law.” He does make a point, but he also disregards the rights of people to break away when they sincerely believe their rights are being taken away. For example:

1. Shouldn’t the people of Texas be allowed to form their own nation and make it mandatory for a shoot out each high noon in each city of the new nation?

2. We who believe in the New York Knickerbockers have not witnessed an NBA championship for forty years. We need to secede, form our own nation, form our own Professional Basketball league which guarantees each team at least one championship each ten years!

3. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to secede and form a new country that guarantees those designated as mentally retarded to become the president. Not only would this guarantee a female president, it would guarantee that Fox News finally has good news to report.

4. The House of Representatives must secede from the Senate and create its own version of the American legislature. Gerrymandering will guarantee Republican control forever, and America will finally be saved from LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS AND COMMUNISTS WHO SEEK THE MONEY OF JOB CREATORS!

Brandeis Reacts In Fear

Ayaan Hirsi is a critic of the Muslim religion and has fought against Islamic fundamentalists in Africa,the Netherlands and around the world. She is definitely not a person who is loved by those of the Muslim faith. Her experiences in Somalia and in her childhood caused deep feelings of anger against those who insist on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Muslim religion. She deeply resents male domination of women by fundamentalists, she resents genital cutting by these members of the Muslim faith. She has been blunt and makes clear that in her view, the Muslim is a “violent and nihilistic cult.” These are not pretty sounding words to make about a religion,and there is no question she utters generalities. A generality results in the innocent as well as the guilty being branded by words.

For some reason, those in charge of Brandeis were not aware of that Ms. Hirsi was all about. They had invited her to accept an honorary degree but when a letter arrived from the Council on American Islam Relations, bells sounded in the administration office. Just remember, College academic leaders always place money before other objectives. “We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. We regret that we were not aware of these statements.” Huh? She has been talking this way for over a decade. What, in the first place, led you to invite her?

Dark Day For Hungary

The people of Hungary have spoken and their words are those of hate and anger towards poor people,k and particularly to Jewish people. Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party not only gained a majority of votes, but they now have a two thirds majority in Parliament to make changes in fundamental laws of the land. The far, far right Jobbik party which most resembles a modern neo-Nazi mentality walked away with about 20% of the vote. As Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor noted: “This is a truly
dark day for Hungary.” Now the anti-Semites, the anti-gay, the anti Roma, the anti anything that has to do with modern thinking are now in power in Hungary. Yes, the people have spoken.

The lesson for Americans is that a similar outcome may occur in this country in the November elections. The inept political style of President Barack Obama has resulted in people not understanding the issues to be fought this fall. Republican control of the US Senate means complete deadlock that makes the current deadlock come across as moving. It is IMPERATIVE for Barack Obama to:

1. Hold weekly press conferences.

2. Come out with a five point program about the success of the Affordable Care Act that is constantly broadcast in America.

Old Fears Die Slowly

There is no new news on the Middle Eastern front since Palestinians and Israelis are well dug in their trenches of anger, hate, and distrust. Neither side seeks to do anything other than bring in more machine guns, heavy artillery and stretch miles of barbed wire in front of the trenches. FRUSTRATION is definitely the word that best describes this conflict. Each side is committed to repeating what the other side did yesterday or last year in in 1948. Each side is going to dig the trench even deeper and arm it even more strongly. Israel leader Tzipi Livni wants peace to succeed and there are Palestinians who agree with her desire, but any movement in the so-called, “peace negotiations” have ceased. She argues a problem is: “part of what happened in the past few months was more negotiations between us and the United States and less with Palestinians. I believe we need to move to more meetings, more negotiations.”

I agree with the sentiment, but do not believe more negotiations will lead to other results. Let us be honest. Israel holds the trump cards, it is in the stronger position. It is time for a dramatic act on the part of Israel. For example:

1. Cease settlement building for one year.

2. Free the next batch of Palestinian prisoners.

After these two acts, Israel should then ask Palestinians to make at least one new act.