Category Archives: Judaism

If You Are A Christian, Death Awaits

These days one needs a list of which groups that are killing people belong to which Islamist militant band of murderers. Kenya made the mistake of sending troops to fight against al Shabab in Somalia. If there is one certainty in life that always is true, just wait a few moments and some group of Islamist militants will appear somewhere in Africa to kill and murder. On the west coast of Africa, Boko Haram devotes its time to killing Muslims who are the wrong kind of Muslims, on the east coast of Africa, the boys from al Shabab are ready and willing to murder anyone who is not a Muslim. In fairness to them, they have some principles, save the Muslims, and kill the infidels. They approached a quarry at midnight in Kenya, rounded up the workers, and then separated the good ones- Muslims from the bad ones- Christians. Made the bad ones kneel and then killed them with one shot to the head.

The good news in east Africa is that a Muslim can live, the bad news in west Africa is Muslims die if they are the wrong kind of Muslims. Welcome to the world of death.

Israel Status Quo

The pattern of how Israel responds to issues in the Middle East continues along the path of “let’s pretend what we have been doing can continue being done for at least a hundred years.” In February, 1953, Daniel Malan, newly elected head of the South African government introduced the idea of apartheid which separated whites and blacks. For those who did not believe two people inhabiting the same area of land could remain separated, he promised that for generations to come the idea of apartheid would endure,and thus black skinned people could remain passive as second class citizens. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to transform Israel into a “Jewish State” in which there are citizens with certain rights, and non-Jews with fewer rights. Regardless of which words are used, this is simply another version of apartheid.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Financial Minister Yair Lipid, who oppose this action have been dismissed. Bibi Netanyahu will call for a new election which he will most probably win. Daniel Malan won election after election until one day reality set in and apartheid crumbled. Believe it or not, Bibi, but blacks did not go on a rampage and kill whites. Both learned to live in peace with one another. Eventually, that will occur in Israel.

Hate Keeps Hate Alive In Israel-Palestinian Conflict

There comes a moment in any conflict when arguments as to who is responsible for the origin of the dispute become boring and repetitive. The Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has displayed scant interest in resolving disputes with Palestinians. Palestinians have reached the point in which committing some act of violence appears to make sense even though such behavior will never resolve anything. During the past few months eleven Jewish Israelis(always remember that twenty percent of Israelis are NOT Jewish) while twelve Palestinians have been killed. Each side is absolutely convinced that not only is right on their side, but also God. Jews insist that God gave them the land, and Muslims insist that Allah made the land sacred and Muslim. PM Netanyahu is demanding that Israel be proclaimed a JEWISH state with special rights for Jews. OK, so 20 percent are not Jews, no one is perfect.

The original dream of those who created the state of Israel was a home for Jews and one in which people of ALL religions would be at peace with one another. After all, the United States of America originally was founded by Protestants seeking a homeland. At this point in time, American Jews constitute less than two percent of the population. How about proclaiming that America is the national homeland of Christians?

Jihad Makes Me Feel Strong!

There is a missing quality among those who term themselves believers in democracy, but the feeling of being ready to die for a cause is growing ever stronger among many young Muslims in Europe. For most Europeans the very idea of serving in the military is not an attractive idea. For most Americans, the concept of serving the nation is much less interesting that what is on my iPad. For those raised prior to the onset of material comforts, serving in the armed forces was part of being a member of society. The most amazing aspect of the growth of Jihadism among young Muslims is the desire among those raised in the modern technological world to risk life for a cause, a dream.

Ismail Cetinkaya told a German reporter that he was raised in Germany and for most of his early life behaved like a modern person seeking the good life. Then, he discovered the power of belief, only his new belief was in the Muslim religion. “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother God and the desire to put self to Jihad.” He went off to fight in Syria and discovered that his new felt love of the Muslim religion made the thought of dying a hope, rather than a fear. As he now tells fellow Muslims, “I call you to Jihad. This is where you will find freedom.” Being a jihadist enables this young man to challenge his weaknesses and discover that he has strength.

How many young Americans have this attitude. During World War II millions did!

Blow Up Houses To Display Power

Mohamed Abu Jamal is not anyone that those reading this blog know or will ever know. He is an elderly man who once had a son. The son is now dead. Together with his cousin, his son, Ghassan took a gun and meat cleavers to a synagogue where they brutally murdered five people in Jerusalem because they were Jews. The Israel government has a policy of responding to the murder of Jews in Israel, it simply blows up the homes of parents since, naturally, the innocent parent is responsible for the actions of their children. Mohamed will now only lose his home, but his means of work and will be expelled from the city of Jerusalem in which he has lived all his life. I assume the theory of this action is that if you raise a son who kills then you must be punished. I have no idea as to whether or not Mr. Jamal believes in hatred towards Jews, frankly, that is of no importance since he made the mistake of raising a son who committed a murder –of a Jew. By the way, if a Jew in Israel kills a Muslim no home is destroyed.

How about:

1. Asking Mr. Jamal to join with other parents of those who kill the innocent and work for peace and reconciliation?

2. Establishing a law that punishes blowing up the home of those who murder, regardless of their religion?

Where Are The Leaders?

I was a man in his thirties when the decade of the sixties arrived and thus was intellectually and emotionally sensitive to what occurred. During the sixties there were numerous black leaders on the scene ranging from Martin Luther King to Malcolm X and great writers such as Ralph Ellison or James Baldwin or even student leaders like Stokely Carmichael. During the past few nights I have yet to see an important black leader engaged in the fight for human rights. Then again, I have yet to see someone with a white skin assuming the mantle of leadership. Sorry, Barack, you just do not come across as a leader of “black people.” During the past few nights our society has lacked any semblance of leadership from religious or political areas of America. Martin Luther King on his marches walked arm in arm with Jewish and Christian leaders as well as union fighters for social justice as Walter Reuther.

Where have people of these background gone? Where were the Catholic and Protestant ministers? Where were the Rabbis? Where were the political leaders of our society? Most probably home watching CNN and then retiring for a good night’s sleep. Our society is leaderless. Again, sorry, Barack but at this moment you have lost any semblance of being a leader. Did you check with Valerie about what to say last night??

What Is The Point Of This Bill?

People of the Jewish faith control every important position in the government of Israel, they control the economic life of the nation, they control education, they even control which land owned by Muslims or Christians can be taken over, and yet that is still not enough for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuven Rivlin is a conservative, but he is also President of the nation of Israel. He is completely confused about new legislation being pushed by Prime Minister Netanyahu which would define the nation of Israel as a “Jewish nation state.” As he notes, the founders of the state of Israel were very clear that it was a nation in which minorities enjoyed full equal rights and Arabic would also be a national language. As Rivlin points out the founders insisted that “the Arab public not feel like Jews felt in the Diaspora. However, Benjamin Netanyahu has worked hard to frighten Jews throughout Israel and the world there is need to define Israel as a “Jewish state.”

If Israel is not defined as a Jewish state, then what exactly will happen? At this moment, TWENTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE IN ISRAEL ARE MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS! According to Netanyahu “national rights” must be reserved for Jews. Why? How about defining the United States of America as a “Christian state?” After all, Jews in America only constitute two percent of the population. This bill is madness gone mad. As Rivlin poses: What is the point of this bill?

Selling Al Qaeda Franchises

Military forces in Yemen stormed a house and freed seven hostages. The hostages had been seized by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an outgrowth of the main organization which is fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and any other place that will allow them to engage in acts of terrorism. Yemen soldiers insist they freed an American officer who was engaged in training Yemen soldiers. The United States government denies that any US soldier was freed because there are no American forces in that nation. This incident has led me to explore other franchises that might be of benefit to anyone reading this blog.

1. We have a franchise for any terrorist group for the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Plenty of opportunities to engage in mayhem and violence.

2. How about the al-Qaeda franchise to attack McDonald’s establishments in Texas?

3. Then again, how about a franchise to sell Wendy hamburgers to those going on a suicide mission. At least their tummy should be full prior to ceasing to be a tummy.

4. As of this point there is no al-Qaeda branch on Wall Street. Then again, it might be too dangerous for al-Qaeda when they encounter our Wall Street sharp shooters.

5. By the way there is no al-Qaeda organization for pre-schoolers. Care to set one up?

Let’s Blow Ourselves Up

It was a pleasant day in the city of Maiduguri which is located in the north-east area of Nigeria. This is an area in Nigeria in which most people are those of the Muslim religion. People were in a market place purchasing food for the day. People were laughing and talking about events in their lives. Little did they realize that the two teen age girls who just entered were more interested in getting into Heaven than getting food for the day. One teen girl shouted something, then pulled a string and blew herself up. People crowded around the three dead women seeking to so something. Just as they sought to aid those who were wounded, the other teen girl began to shout and scream, then pulled a string and blew herself up. By the time she was dead so were 34 innocent Nigerians.

I confess that I am unable to grasp how or why anyone would blow herself up in the cause of something or anything. But, in every religion there are those seeking to become a martyr for something in order to rush the voyage to Death. Unfortunately, we do not awaken from Death. We will never know that Death is simply, Death. And, Death exists here on Earth not up in the sky.

US Never Had Middle Eastern Foreign Policy

The foreign policy tragedy of the Obama administration is that it never developed a foreign policy for the Middle East. Symbolically the comment by President Obama as to his policy toward ISIS was, ” I do not have a strategy.” His problems in the Middle East began years before that statement. Does he even today have a Middle East foreign policy. In fairness, he inherited a mess from President Bush, and never figured out what he wanted to accomplish in this region of the world. Examine the reality of the Middle East.

1. The most important military centers are in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Algeria. Only these nations have armies.

2. Poverty is the most important driving force in this region.

3. Well educated young people lack work. This results in them winding up working with jihadist groups.

4. The unresolved problem of Palestinians hovers over the region. It is a source of anger and violence.

5. President Assad was a wild card who hated militants of the Muslim religion.

At no point did the Obama administration:

1. Address the economic realities of this area of the world. Economic aid was crucial. NO “Marshall Plan” was ever offered to the region.

2. Some form of military alliance between Turkey, Egypt and Algeria might have created an armed force that could handle militants.

3. The issue of Israel HAD to be addressed. It never was.

In other words, a Mediterranean Marshall Plan just might have won over young educated Muslims in the region. The key element of the original Marshall Plan was -no money without cooperation between nations seeking funds.