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Friday, April 18, 2014

Kerry says he'll 'investigate' visa denials to Israelis

US Secretary of State John FN Kerry says he'll 'investigate' a huge spike in the rate of US visa denials to Israelis.
Kerry announced the move in a letter Thursday, published by Al-Monitor, to House Representative Nita Lowey (D - NY). The letter acknowledges that the US has rejected more and more visa requests from young Israelis aged 21-26, and vows to "do more to encourage and assist young qualified Israelis to visit the United States." 
Kerry stresses in the letter that there has been a disturbing trend of rejecting Israeli visa applications - but that the US government is also not specifically targeting Israelis. 
"We reviewed data on refusal rates for tourist visas for Israelis from the ages of 21-26 and found that visa rejection rates have doubled from 16% to 32%," Kerry admits. "We know that despite a two-thirds approval rate, this increase has led to the perception by some that young Israelis are unwelcome to travel to the United States." 
"Clearly, that is not the case," the letter continues. "Israel is one of our closest friends and allies, and we welcome interchange between Israelis and Americans in every manner, including travel by Israelis to the United States."
I'm sure this is all just a coincidence (not!). Read the whole thing.  I wonder what the rate of visa denials is for young Saudis in the same age bracket. Anyone want to bet it's in single digits?

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No Jews, no tourists and not a whole lot of Muslims allowed on Temple Mount

Heeding warnings of Muslim riots on the Temple Mount, the Israeli police have closed the Mount on Friday except to blue Israeli identity card holders who are Muslim men over the age of 50 or Muslim women of any age.
The decision to only allow Muslim men over the age of 50, and women of any age, to pray at the site was made by Jerusalem police commander Nitzav Yossi Friyanti.
Further, only Muslim visitors with blue teudot zehut (identification cards), held by Israeli citizens and residents, would be allowed in.
Police are preparing around the Temple Mount and in alleys and entrances around the Old City for expected attempts to disrupt the public order.
The Temple Mount was closed to visitors by police on Thursday following rioting by Muslims in the area for "Prisoners Day," in which thousands of Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza demanded the release of Israeli-held terrorists. Those protests turned violent in Hevron, where police and soldiers were attacked with rocks.
It's time to either ban the Muslims altogether until they can behave themselves, or reach an arrangement like in Hebron where each religious group has its own exclusive days to pray at the site. 

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No majority in cabinet for Pollard for terrorists exchange

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's refusal to condemn Monday's terror attack near Hebron (no, the attack itself was not enough) has resulted in Prime Minister Netanyahu 'losing' a cabinet majority for the exchange of more than 400 'Palestinian' terrorists, including 'Israeli Arabs,' and a 'settlement freeze,'  for American hostage Jonathan Pollard and an extension of the 'talks.'
The deal had a majority among the 23 members of the cabinet, thanks to support from Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, all of the Likud, five ministers from Yesh Atid, two from Hatnua and two from Yisrael Beytenu.

But Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch of Yisrael Beytenu surprised Netanyahu’s associates when he told Army Radio that he opposes extending the negotiations if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not publicly condemn Monday’s terrorist attack that killed senior police officer Baruch Mizrachi.

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“If Abu Mazen [Abbas] does not condemn the attack fiercely in Arabic, there is no point in continuing the talks,” said Aharonovitch, whose vote would be crucial to pass the deal.

Multiple Likud ministers are said to be wavering over whether to support the deal. A group of Likud mayors in Judea and Samaria wrote the party’s ministers on Thursday urging them to oppose the agreement.

“We call upon you to declare that more murderers and terrorists will not be freed and there will be no more talks with the Palestinian Authority, which has proven that it supports, organizes and funds terrorism,” the mayors wrote the ministers in a letter.

Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett has threatened to remove his party from Netanyahu’s coalition if Israeli- Arab prisoners are released in the deal.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman said he would vote against it but he would give Aharonovitch and Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver the right to vote in favor.
Hmmm.

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It would have been enough

Here's Avi Begun with Dayeinu.

Let's go to the videotape.




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CNN report on anti-Semitic flyers in eastern Ukraine

Here's a CNN video with old friend Jake Tapper talking about whether the reports of anti-Semitic flyers coming out of the Ukraine are real. The consensus is that they are.

Let's go to the videotape.



More here.

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Donetsk Jews talk about the flyer

Although some reports question the authenticity of reports that Donetsk's Jews have been told to 'register,' the reactions of residents and former residents of Donetsk have been coming fast and furious (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk's temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distributed to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent "people's republic", defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender.
The leaflet was written in Russian and had Russia's national symbol on it, as well as the Donetsk People's Republic insignia.

"Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality," the flyer began, "due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta," a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, "and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic's territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register."
The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: "Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property."

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According to Alex Tenzer, a Kiev native and one of the directors of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, said: "The Jewish-Ukrainian leadership supports Ukraine's new government, but it's hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation.

"Anyway, the material is very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis in WWII."

Emanuelle Shechter, from Israel, received a copy of the leaflet via Whatsapp from his friends in Donetsk. "They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions."

Olga Reznikova, a member of Donetsk's Jewish community, told Ynet that "we do not know if the leaflet was spread by pro-Russian forces or someone else, but it did manage to create quite a fear. This reminds me of texts from darker times. Other members of the Jewish community I spoke with are not afraid, but it is unpleasant.

"I do not intend to register, I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper. Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity." 

Jenia from Israel, who also received the letter from a Jewish acquaintance, said "the Jews in Donetsk are uncertain of anything; it is unclear who is responsible for the leaflet and who controls the city at the moment.

"We don't feel safe like we used to because of the political instability in the area; there isn't a legitimate president or sovereign. Currently Donetsk is ruled by a junta."

In a response to a request by a Ukrainian Jewish website, Pushilin, the interim government's regional chairman, confirmed that the flyers were distributed by his organization, but denied any connection to the leaflet's content.
I've read a number of claims that attach significance to the fact that no one has registered yet. Consider that (a) they have until May 3, (b) the flyers were handed out on Monday night which was the first night of Passover, (c) Tuesday and Wednesday were Passover holiday days in Ukraine and (d) these reports are all likely based on Wednesday night or Thursday morning interviews in Donetsk and the Ukraine.

Hmmm.






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Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Israeli Arab journalist' arrested for meeting with Hezbullah in Lebanon

The General Security Service released for publication today the arrest of an 'Israeli Arab journalist' for meeting with Hezbullah in Lebanon.
The journalist, Majd Kayyal, the editor of the website for Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel,  is suspected of traveling to Lebanon for a conference commemorating 40-years of the Lebanese newspaper As-Saphir, where he came in contact with Hezbollah agents. 
Adalah lawyers met yesterday with Kayyal in the Shin Bet Prison in Kishon, for the first time since his arrest.
Kayyal told his lawyers that the investigation is focusing on his visit to Lebanon and explained that his visit was part of his job as a journalist.
Adalah receives major funding from the New Israel Fund.
Kayyal claims he was being held in a cell 24 hours a day, without any daylight, a bed or a lamp, and that he had lost his sense of time. He claims he was intensively interrogated and questioned about his private life.
Boo. Hoo.
The Haifa Magistrate's Court released Kayyal to house arrest on Thursday until the next hearing on his case  which is April 22.
Maybe he can join Azmi Bishara in Qatar.

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Ooops....

Haaretz (presumably unintentionally) puts a huge 'settlement' in Israel.

Via Eugene Kontorovich






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It's not Ukrainian anti-Semitism - it's Russian

Referring to the requirement that Donetsk's Jews 'register' (so much for the commenter who says it's a hoax), the headline says 'Kerry slams grotesque Ukrainian anti-Semitism.' One can only hope that Kerry recognizes that it's Russian.
"In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable," Kerry told AFP in Geneva, where he was taking part in crisis talks on Ukraine.
That's true. But at this point, as illustrated by the cartoon above, Obama and Kerry have zero credibility to stop it.

Aren't you glad you degraded the American military and let the Russians back into the superpower game? What could go wrong?

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Too good not to share

Heh....

So what are you doing with your Pesach vacation?

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You mean the Israeli police can't control this?

Hat Tip: Yisrael Medad.

If the police can't stop this crew, they can't stop anything....

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Slide show: Tips and strategies for fighting BDS

This was sent to me by Honest Reporting.

I hope you find this interesting and useful.


Fighting BDS - Tips and Strategies from HonestReporting




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Released terrorists to be sent abroad?

In what could be a sign that a terrorist release is imminent, General Security Services chief Yoram Cohen is saying that if the fourth round of terrorist releases goes ahead, at least ten of the terrorists would have to be sent abroad.
If, eventually, the “fourth round” of terrorist prisoner releases takes place, the list of those to be released is set to include ten arch-terrorists whose families live in Judea and Samaria – and they are deemed to be too dangerous to be allowed to return to their homes by Shabak security agency chief Yoram Cohen.
A report on Channel Two said that the ten are part of the 26 terrorists set to be released in the deal. Cohen, who will be asked to present his official viewpoint in the event that the terrorist prisoner release comes up for a Cabinet vote, intends to urge ministers to condition the release of these terrorists on their being sent to Gaza, or to an Arab country, and not allow them to return to Judea and Samaria.
In recent statements, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has said that he will not accept a deal in which terrorists are not allowed to return to the villages they lived in before their arrest.
What could go wrong?

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Oh my: Abu Mazen's spokesman denies he condemned Hebron terror attack

In an earlier post, I reported on a claim by Leftist Knesset members that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen had condemned Monday's pre-Passover terror attack outside of Hebron. At the end of that post, I wrote:
Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.
Sure enough... Now that Abu Mazen's supposed 'condemnation'  made it to page 1, we are told today on page 6 that Abu Mazen's spokesman denies the English-language (and Hebrew, but not Arabic) condemnation.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh said the PA president opposed violence but did not speak out against the attack.
“We are against violence and a return to violence,” Abu Ruaineh quoted him as saying, adding the Abbas “is committed to a total condemnation of violence from any party.”
If you read the whole thing,  you will see that the Leftist MK's are still insisting on their version of the story. Wishful thinking or out-and-out lying? 

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Six13 Chozen (A Passover tribute)

CHAG SAMEACH! This Passover we celebrate our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere. :)

Let's go to the videotape.



Moadim l'Simcha everyone.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Death to the kikes'?

Some more links from my correspondent on the situation in the Ukraine:
Painting over graffiti that says (Cyrillic: Смерть жидам, Smert' zhidam) Dead to Kikes

I found an original graffiti picture on antisemitism.org.il
http://antisemitism.org.il/article/86471/antisemitic-graffiti

Same day some criminals vandalized a Jewish cemetery, painted swastikas, curse words and tried to make it look like Right Sector (the Ukrainian nationalists) did it, but Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf said that he understands its a provocation by the pro-Russian movement (Link down the page)  (To me, the vandalism looks like a typical teenage/drunk idiot job, cheap and childish)
Pics and video:
http://antisemitism.org.il/article/86489/jewish-cemetery-desecreted

Here is a link and photo of their meeting (Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf (Cyrilic: Авраам Вольф) and representative from (Cyrillic: УНСО) Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defence (Wiki link))
http://odvesti.com/archives/6620.html
Im not the best translator and i don't want to send you a wall of text, so ill sum it up: The UNA-UNSF representative said its a matter of honor now to find the responsible people and punish them and the Rabbi said that he understand its a pro-Russian provocation)

P.S. Yep lots of Jewish news but somehow i'm sure that most of it never translated or published in English Jewish media

P.P.S. here is a link to all antisemitic acts aggregated in one place, they have some pics of that murderer from USA too
http://antisemitism.org.il/gallery
No pictures of Cossaks yet - that may be coming next. 

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Call to close Temple Mount to Arabs

Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich has called for closing the Temple Mount to Arabs in response to Wednesday morning's riots on the Mount.
"Tomorrow there will be Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing Ceremony - ed.), the Chief Rabbis will visit the Western Wall and thousands will flood the Jewish quarter," Kalmanovitz noted to Arutz Sheva, adding that many foreign tourists had visited to celebrate the Passover holiday. 
"It is inconceivable that the Israeli Police prevents Jews, who want to ascend the Temple Mount, from entering, and allows Arabs - who riot - to continue to respect the mosques there and throw stones," he added. Kalmanovitz then called on police "to maintain security" at the Mount - "either by allowing Jews to ascend to the Mount or by closing it completely." 
"We need to make order out of the chaos which erupts at the site every holiday," he stressed. "I already expect Arabs to throw stones tomorrow at the Western Wall. We should teach the Arabs a lesson for once and close it for them [too]."
Kalmanovitz was the first victim of the 1987 'non-violent' 'Palestinian' intifada when the car in which he was traveling was ignited by a Molotov cocktail. 

It's a nice idea but there is very little chance that this spineless government would take that kind of action.

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Abu Mazen kinda sorta - but not really - condemns Hebron terror attack

A group of Leftist MK's visited 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen in Ramallah on Wednesday, and reported that he condemned 'all terror', including Monday's Hebron terror attack.
Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who was part of the delegation, told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas denounced all terror including the killing of Baruch Mizrachi in Monday evening's terror attack.
"Abu Mazen [Abbas] said this specifically, he emphasized his disgust from bloodshed and terrorism. He said he's willing to participate in the investigation of the attack and to bring those accountable to justice," Horowitz said.
Horowitz expressed optimism on Wednesday that Abbas was a genuine partner in the peace talks. He also said that only a Center-Left oriented government could bring about the end to the conflict with the Palestinians. 
"Today there is a majority in the Knesset and the public to reach an agreement. (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu's manipulations harm the trust between the parties, between Israel and the US, and also endanger the stability in the region," he added. 
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In addition to what Horowitz said Abbas told the Israeli delegation, a Palestinian official also reported Wednesday that Abbas had condemned the violence.
At the meeting with the Israeli lawmakers, Abbas "condemned violence and the killing of Palestinians and Israelis", said Mohammed Al-Madani, a member of the Central Committee of Abbas's Fatah party.
Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, told a news conference in Ramallah: "We are against violence and against a return to violence."
Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.

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Kansas City Jewish Center shooter a raving anti-Semite

The shooter who murdered three people (two of them non-Jews) at Jewish institutions in Kansas City on Sunday is Glenn Miller, aka Frazier Glenn Cross. Here's an interview with Miller from September 2012 when he was a Democratic (but don't expect the liberal media to tell you that) candidate for US Senate from Missouri.

Miller, joined the David Pakman show live to discuss whether African-Americans or Jews are a bigger problem, his felony conviction, his racism, and much more. He called host David Pakman a "Jew liar" and plenty of other slurs as well.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Sunlight). 



This guy should have been locked up and sent to the funny farm a long time ago....

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Update about the anti semitic leaflets in Donetsk

In an earlier post, I reported on the Jews of Donetsk, which has been declared an 'independent republic' within the Ukraine, being forced to 'register' themselves and their property or to face forfeiture on May 3. I now have more details about those leaflets, which I received via email.
On April 15, 3 people in black balaclavas, gave away leaflets (the one i sent you before) to passersby and glued some on billboards near the Synagogue.
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/16apr2014/donseparat.html

And when i was researching the previous link i stumbled upon another article (on same topic) now in Israeli news web site for Russian speakers
http://cursorinfo.co.il/news/xussr/2014/04/16/zhidov-goroda-donecka-vizivayut-na-registraciyu/

they also added more info; They said that Nathan Shcharansky (I'm sure you at least heard about him LOL) was on Radio Kol Israel talking about this issue (apparently he was born in Donetsk)

I also found a news article about that Rabbi from Simferopol (Crimea) he was forced to run from Crimea after it was occupied by Russian Federation and his Synagogue 'Ner-Tamid' was Vandalized literary the day Russian soldiers moved in on February 28
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/21mar2014/kapustin.html
http://glavnoe.ua/news/n170400

His name is Mikhail Kapustin, he says that he was forced to flee to Kiev, in fear of anti-Semitism
I hope you speak german or know someone, because his only intervew was to German-Jewish website.....
Here is a link www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/18660

Here he is a short post where he asks people for help and save Simferopol from Russian occupation (and there is also his picture)
http://evreiskiy.kiev.ua/ravvin-simferopolja-mikhail-kapustin-12870.html

Following him, HABAD representatives also left Crimea, Rabbi Itskhak-Meir Lifshits and his wife Lea, he says that he managed to move out Torah scrolls from Beyt Habad in Crimea to Ukraine mainland. (actually he used the word 'saving',  if its that serious we can assume that he believes that Beyt Habad can be vandalized so he had to move out Torah)
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/21mar2014/kapustin.html
http://glavnoe.ua/news/n170400
Hmmm. I used to be in touch with Rabbi Yitzchak and Leah Lipszyc (that's how it's spelled on LinkedIn and that's how I recall them spelling it) through a couple of mailing lists many years ago. When my daughter and I went to Ukraine in September, I tried to contact them via Facebook, but did not hear back from them.

But I've also heard that Chabad has been backing the Russians (that's what's been reported here in Israel) so I have asked for an explanation.  I will post about this again when I hear back.

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Obama marks Passover with - what else? - a picture of himself

 And Mooch is even in the country....

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Deputy Defense Minister Dannon: Stop the 'talks'!

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is urging Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop the 'talks' with the 'Palestinian Authority' over extending the 'talks' beyond April 29 in light of the 'Palestinians' refusal to condemn Monday's terror attack.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Netanyahu should order Israeli negotiators not to meet with their Palestinian counterparts – as they are scheduled to do later on in the evening – until the Palestinian Authority officially issues a condemnation of the killing.
“Palestinian incitement continues, so there’s no place for more talks,” Danon said. “We need to stop folding and begging [before the Palestinians].”
The deputy defense minister, who is leading the hawkish opposition to Netanyahu from within the ruling Likud faction, repeated his threat to tender his resignation in the event that Israel frees additional Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorist acts.
Danon criticized the United States for its “double standard” in pressuring Israel to free Palestinian terrorists.
Israeli-Palestinian contacts to extend negotiations past their April 29 deadline continue, despite Monday evening’s terrorist attack that killed a police officer on his way with his family to a Seder in Kiryat Arba.
The negotiations were to continue on Wednesday, even as Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority responsible for the murder.
Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged 'restraint' and said that the United States disagrees with a New York Times call to give up on the Middle East.

What could go wrong?

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Terror victim descibes Passover eve attack

Terror victim Hadassah Mizrachi describes the terror attack that killed her husband just before the holiday started on Monday.
"We were driving from Modi'in to Kiryat Arba,” she said. “At the Tarkumia checkpoint, we said hello to the soldiers, and kept going. After the first roundabout, a terrorist was standing at the roadside. Baruch shouted 'A terrorist! Shooting!' and pressed the gas pedal.”
"Then I took a bullet,” she continued, calmly. “Baruch's foot was still on the gas. The vehicle started to zigzag. I took the wheel and kept driving, away from the terrorists. I saw that we had gotten pretty far away and lowered the gear. Meanwhile, the bullets were still flying by us and I told the children 'duck down, duck down. Everything is OK.'
"Once I saw that we were far away from the terrorist I took a piece of cloth and covered my bullet holes, I called [police hotline] 100 and informed them that there had been a terror attack, and that they should come, and then when the soldiers came I asked them for a personal bandage to cover my wounds because I have to live for my children.”
Hadassah said that she understood immediately that Baruch had been killed. “He breathed his last breath and immediately fell on me, and I lifted him up instinctively.”
She said that she does not know where she got the presence of mind to save herself and her children from the attack as she did. The terrorist kept shooting, she said. “He didn't give up, and I didn't give up either." Otherwise, she said, “we would all have been slaughtered.”
"We have five children, she said, “and they too will grow up and serve the country. It's what Baruch would have wanted.”
According to media reports, she is also pregnant with their sixth child... if she didn't 'lose it.' Wow. You have to admire her quick thinking and courage.

Baruch Mizrachi HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) will be buried at 1:00 pm on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem (the military cemetery).

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Riots on the Temple Mount

During the intermediate days of the Holiday, we go to the Kotel (Western Wall) - once during Pesach and every day during Sukkoth. Today was our day for Pesach.

As we were leaving, there were a large number of border police at the top of the ramp to the Mughrabi gate, and a long line of Jews and tourists waiting at the bottom to ascend. My sons asked why so many border police at 7:30 am on the holiday, and I explained that there had been riots over the past week, and that the Muslims were probably trying to prevent Jews and tourists from ascending the Mount. It turns out that we left just in time.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the violence began as officers stationed at Mughrabi Gate unlocked the passageway at approximately 7:45 a.m.

"Police units immediately went to the top of the mount and used stun grenades to secure the scene," he said.

"Officers stayed there for an hour to ensure order and visitation continued as scheduled."

Rosenfeld said there were no injuries reported and arrests are expected later in the day.

The violence comes three days after two police officers sustained light injuries upon opening the Temple Mount’s Mughrabi Gate entrance for visitation, when a throng of Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.
At least this time, the police apparently gained control of the situation. 

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Al-Qaeda announces plan to eliminate America, US unaware

In the largest gathering in years of the allegedly 'defeated' terror organization, al-Qaeda has announced a new plan to eliminate America. According to CNN, the United States was unaware of the meeting.

Let's go to the videotape.



Summary here.

Some of you might recall that President Obama gloated after the Bin Laden assassination that he had eliminated al-Qaeda. Isn't it funny how no one calls that out like they do Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq.

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Oh my... New York Times says Kerry should 'move on' from Middle East and worry about Ukraine

The New York Times gets it partly right in an editorial published on the Passover holiday, urging the Obama-Kerry administration to abandon the Middle East 'talks' and deal with the Ukraine. Of course, they blame Israel for the talks' failure.
The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, but there is scant sign of serious purpose. It is time for the administration to lay down the principles it believes must undergird a two-state solution, should Israelis and Palestinians ever decide to make peace. Then President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should move on and devote their attention to other major international challenges like Ukraine.
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Mr. Obama made the right decision to give it a second try last summer, with Mr. Kerry bringing energy and determination to the negotiations. But, after nine months, it is apparent that the two sides are still unwilling to move on the core issues of the borders of a Palestinian state, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and guarantees for Israel’s security. The process broke down last month when Israel failed to release a group of Palestinian prisoners as promised and then announced 700 new housing units for Jewish settlement in a part of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. According to Mr. Kerry that was the “poof” moment when it all fell apart, and the Palestinians responded by applying to join 15 international conventions and treaties. That move won’t get them a state, but it is legal and they did not seek to join the International Criminal Court, a big fear of Israel’s.
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An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is morally just and essential for the security of both peoples. To achieve one will require determined and courageous leaders and populations on both sides that demand an end to the occupation. Despite the commitment of the United States, there’s very little hope of that now.
No, there's no point in 'talks' right now, and it is time for the Obama-Kerry junta to move on. Can they do it? Can they abandon their obsession with Israel and the fierce moral urgency of creating a 'Palestinian state'? Don't hold your breath.

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It starts: Jews in Donetsk forced to 'register'

The tweet above was sent to me with the explanatory email below (I cleaned up some of the English spelling).
Hi,
I want to spread this to as many people as posible, this picture was uploaded by Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) news agency on twitter
https://twitter.com/novostidnua/status/456134961095913472

They say that this papers were given to people near Synagouge in Donetsk (Which is right now self proclaimed "republic")

Basically its a call to Jews to come and register their religion and property at the citie's offices, (for a 50USD cash payment).
It says because the Ukrainian Jewish leadership supports the "Bandera's Junta" and hostile towards Pravoslav Republic of Donetsk and its people (The key word here is 'Pravoslav', its Russian Christian orthodoxy), everyone who lives on territory of Donetsk and older then 16 years old, should register before May 3 (there is address in there its city hall or town hall, i have no idea what some short abbreviation words mean, it says 'Donetsk ODA building'' i think its like regional government building or something).
you must bring papers for property that you own, business, cars, houses and the such.
If you fail to register before may 3, you will be deported and your property confiscated

P.S. I believe that its real, the situation in Ukraine is complicated and the way its reported in Israel is one sided and fake, Russia has lots of influence here and Ukraine not (also we Jews are easily manipulated, if you remind the Holocaust then we turn blind and belie everything we hears if someone is named a Nazi and Jew hater), so Ukraine is painted like some Nazi gitler gestapo banana republic with Nazi zombies killing people and Russia like some savior, which in reality is the other way around.
As a matter of fact the Jewish leadership support the revolution and the people, they said what happened in the past (some light racist remarks by some leaders of the right wing parties) stay in the past.

Also here is some example that I'm sure you never heard of, 2 days after Russian "green men" entered and spread over Crimea a Synagogue was painted with graffiti (no issues before that), when Crimea "voted" to join Russia the chief rabbi of Crimea and his family moved to Kiev and said that if the situation stays as it is he will never go back.

The leadership of the Right sector tries to stop anti semitic remarks by the lower ranks (if they happen) and people are thrown out of the party if they did something like saying 'HH' or antisemitic remarks.
They organized some cleaning duty to help remove graffiti from Synagogue and so on.

The new Russian leader of the Crimea is ACTUAL Nazi, and i mean as in real unlike the right sector which is no different then our rightist parties.
So he was in Slyvyanski Sojuz (Slavic Union) which after collapse of the USSR was a BIG Nazi (they changed the symbol to some Slavic symbol and the ideology was on Slavic superiority, otherwise no different from Nazi and same hand gesture and same mentality that we own everything and steal everything and poor Slavic people work for the "Jid" (Jid means kike a curse name for Jews in Russian, sadly its how you say Jew in Polish and i think Ukrainian too as in real word not curse) party in Russia, they had uniforms, they marched with weapons, organized camps summer for teenagers. (If you interested in researching it further and writing and article how Crimea is ruled by "ex-Slavic Union" Nazi i can provide photographic evidence of him in uniform and other people. )
I will update as I can. As many of you will recall, I was in Kiev a few months ago. Wish I had taken the phone number of the guy who lives here who travels back and forth.

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The Heavens belong to God

Here's Shloime Gertner with HaShamayim la'Hashem - The Heavens belong to God, which comes from the Hallel prayer that is said throughout this week.

Let's go to the videotape.



Please don't forget to count 1 night of Sefira tonight.

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#BostonStrong

It's been a year since the Boston Marathon terror attack, and every one of my hometown teams posted this on Facebook.

In case you're wondering, the Marathon is next Monday, the third Monday in April.

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Anonymous hackers exposed, one goes by 'niggakillah'

Israeli hackers have exposed the photos and identities of several Anonymous hackers who tried to take down Israeli websites earlier in the week.
The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as "Buddhax", said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers "think twice" before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs.
Israeli hackers had already responded to attempts last week to infiltrate Israeli and Jewish sites by taking down or defacing anti-Zionist and Muslim sites.
But Buddhax has gone a step further.
After infiltrating the target computers via a Trojan horse, he managed to lure the hapless hackers to their computers and take pictures of them using their own webcams - which he promptly posted online together with a list of personal information and a direct message to his targets: "Next time don't take part in OpIsrael. Long live Israel."
"I’m not a great hacker, but I’m at least good enough to expose you," he wrote, and signed off with a message for anti-Israel hackers: 
"Israel will stay ISRAEL so forget about "Palestine". Long Live Israel."
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The exposed anti-Israel hackers hailed from a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, most prominently from Indonesia and Malaysia.
The full list and details of the hackers is here. The one with the user name Niggakillah (yes, really) is a guy from Finland. He's not the guy in the picture.

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Netanyahu slams 'Palestinians' failure to condemn terror attack

Prime Minister Netanyahu has slammed the 'Palestinian Authority's failure to condemn Monday night's terror attack near Hebron. This is from the first link. 
"This reprehensible murder of a man who was traveling with his family to a meal for the Festival of Freedom is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority is responsible," the prime minister said.
"The incitement of the Palestinian Authority continues in that it has yet to see fit to condemn this abominable and reprehensible act," he added.  
Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority continues to constantly broadcast – in it's official media – programs that incite against the existence of the State of Israel.
Mizrahi was killed and two others wounded after a Palestinian fired shots at a family vehicle on Route 35 near the Tarkumia checkpoint west of Hebron, police said. 
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The man was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation, while his 28-year-old wife was in moderate condition after suffering injuries to her upper body, according to Magen David Adom. She was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.
A nine-year-old boy suffered light wounds from shrapnel in his chest. He was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center at Ein Kerem. 
 If the terrorists believed that they were going to be put to death rather than released from jail in a 'prisoner exchange,' perhaps they'd think a bit harder before doing things like this. Perhaps our Prime Minister needs to think about it too.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senior police officer murdered on way to seder

Moadim l'simcha, a good holiday to all of you. Since I live in and am in Israel, I only have one holiday day, and therefore I may be online tonight.

A senior Israeli police officer was murdered and his wife was moderately to seriously wounded when 'Palestinian' terrorists opened fire on their car near Hebron shortly before the holiday started on Monday evening.
Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi Hy''d, a husband and father of five, is the man who was murdered near Hevron on Monday by terrorists right before Passover began.
Mizrahi was driving to Kiryat Arba for a seder meal with his pregnant wife and three of his children when a terrorist opened fire on the family car, killing him and leaving his wife moderately to severely wounded. 
The superintendent was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, was raised in Bat Yam on the coast, and has lived for the past 15 years in Modi'in with his family.
In his last role, which he has held for the last three years, Mizrahi served as head of the Technology Division in the Sigint Unit, part of the Intelligence Brigade in the Investigations and Intelligence Branch.
Mizrahi served in the IDF for 25 years, including many years as a professional soldier, in which he filled many operational and technology oriented roles. The last position he held was as Lieutenant Colonel in Intelligence Unit 8200.
8200 is the high tech unit that has spawned much of Israel's high tech industry. May God Avenge his blood. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Last chance to encourage a poor blogger

I'm very uncomfortable doing this, but the reality is that I devote an inordinate amount of time to this blog, and if you don't ask them to, most people don't think to contribute.

Please contribute whatever you can to keep this blog going. If everyone contributed ten cents(!) for each page view on this blog, I wouldn't have to look for more work practicing law than I already have. (Reality is that PayPal takes a cut, so if you account for 30 page views a month, please don't only send a $3.00 contribution).

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He Who Stands with us through the generations

It has been a crazy day....

I want to wish you all a happy and Kosher Passover and leave you with this classic video of v'Hi She'Amda (He Who Stands with us through the generations).

Let's go to the videotape.



Have a wonderful holiday everyone. Since there's only one day in Israel on which it's forbidden to do work, I will be back tomorrow night, God willing.

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Diaspora Affairs ministry reconsidering funding to Salute to Israel parade

The Diaspora Affairs ministry is reconsidering its funding of the Salute to Israel Day Parade as a result of parade organizers' insistence on including groups that promote BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) against Israel.
[S]ome in Jerusalem have begun to question their affiliation with the parade, with a government source telling the Post that “due to the ongoing controversy that has now erupted, the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry will review its funding of the parade for future years, [although] not this year.”

The source, who asked not to be identified, said that while future funding was being reconsidered, reports that the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry cut funding to the parade due to the controversy were incorrect and that the cuts had been planned for almost a year. The funds, he explained, had been reallocated to Minister of Religious Serices Naftali Bennett’s new strategic initiative for the Diaspora and the shortfall had been made up by a grant by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Bennett, he added, never intended to attend, and reports that he canceled a trip in response to the NIF’s participation were incorrect.
Hmmm.

In the meantime, NGO Monitor has issued a statement regarding the parade controversy, which may be found here.

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Hamas takes over Temple Mount, Jews and tourists banned

Those of you who hope to ascend the Temple Mount this holiday may be disappointed. Hamas had taken over the Mount, and the Israeli police are too inept to do anything about it.

Let's go to the videotape.



What's worse is that the police are helping Hamas.
“Hundreds of Jews who came to the Temple Mount for Pesach were astonished to find a police representative standing at the entrance gate and announcing that the Mount had been closed off to Jews after Hamas had taken over the Mount and threatened violence against any Jews who enter,” the Temple organizations reported in a news communique.
The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount.
Time after time, the police abandon the Mount to hostile hands – especially on Jewish holidays," they charged. "Then the same commanders come to the Knesset and the Interior Committee, and lie that the Mount was open.”
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Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount is administered by the Islamic Waqf foundation, and Jewish visits are subject to strict restrictions including a blanket ban on prayers or other forms of worship, under pain of arrest.
Jewish groups have long condemned the discrimination as a surrender to Muslim extremism; a new bill proposed by the Jewish Home party is currently being debated to grant equal prayer rights to Jews and Muslims on the Mount.
Hamas flags are allowed on the Temple Mount but Israeli flags and any form of Jewish prayer are banned. What could go wrong?

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His bark is louder than his bite

Renegade Likud MK Moshe Feiglin predicts that Jewish Home party MK Naftali Bennett will find a way to fold and stay in the government despite a decision to release 'Israeli Arab' terrorists.
“I don't want to prophesy about the future,” Feiglin told Arutz Sheva in an interview. But he expected that a compromise wording would be found, which would satisfy the Palestinian Authority (PA) and allow the release of terrorists, including Israeli Arabs, while enabling Jewish Home, led by Bennett, to remain in the government.
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Last week, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett announced that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the PA. But Feiglin said he doubted this would be the case. Feiglin said that he had raised the issue with Jewish Home already in the first round of prisoner releases, impressing upon Bennett and his fellow party MKs how unjust releasing terrorists was.
At least now, Feiglin said, the party had woken up to his message, and was at least publicly agreeing with him that the prisoner release was immoral and should not take place.
“The release of terrorists is a moral injustice that must opposed in any way possible,” said Feiglin. “I don't see any difference in their being Israeli or not. Just the opposite, with the Palestinian Authority demanding that they be released, we see who these Israeli Arabs really affiliate with.”
 Priorities man, priorities!

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Brother can you spare a dime?

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We will return to you

Tomorrow morning, God willing, for the thirty-something consecutive year (I'd rather not say precisely how many), I am making a celebration for completing a tractate of Talmud on the eve of Pesach. I am a firstborn son, and on the eve of Passover, all firstborn sons must fast unless they participate in a seduath mitzva (a meal that is itself a mitzva). Traditionally, this is accomplished by completing a tractate of Talmud, and tomorrow morning, I get to do it again, God willing. One of my sons will God willing also finish a tractate....

At the end of the siyum (which is that it's called in Hebrew), we say the Hadran - We will return to you, because one never truly finishes learning any tractate of Talmud. Each tractate is deep and has much more to glean from it.

Here's the Shira Chadasha choir (yes, I know, two nights in a row) with Hadran - We will return to you.

Let's go to the videotape.





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Dude!

Prime Minister Netanyahu has canceled a meeting with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett after Bennett asked whether Netanyahu or Abu Mazen is the Prime Minister of Israel.
Bennett chided the premier in an interview with Channel 2 asking, "Who is the prime minister of Israel - Netanyahu or [Paletinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas?" 
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Netanyahu canceled a meeting on Sunday with the rebellious Bayit Yehudi leader to protest behavior that Netanyahu's associates called "childish."
 
Sources close to Netanyahu responded by daring Bennett to quit. They accused him of harming the country by unnecessarily flexing his muscles in an effort to obtain positive headlines.
 
"After Bennett insisted on Israel freeing murderers rather than freezing construction, we are waiting to see what his daily threat will be," a source close to Netanyahu said. "He needs to be reminded that he is not being kept in the government by force.
 
A Likud source went further in attacking Bennett, saying that had he not threatened Netanyahu, first privately then publicly, a deal would have been reached and Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard would have been on his way to Jerusalem in time for the Passover Seder. But a source close to Netanyahu said that charge was inaccurate, because there were other problems with the sides involved in making the deal with Israel.
 
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Yediot Aharonot Sunday that Bennett should not be burning bridges or initiating elections. Liberman coordinated his attack with Netanyahu.
 
"Whoever wants to quit should quit, not threaten," he said. "I doubt Bennett will carry out his threat. I see a big gap between his declarations and his actions. His threats don't move us."

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The fiercest attack on Bennett Sunday came from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who said Bennett represented the extremist youths who attacked IDF soldiers in the West Bank community of Yitzhar.
“There are those in the government who aren’t interested in peace and would prevent us from having a diplomatic process,” she told Ynet. “Surrendering to Bennett is a victory for Yitzhar over Zionism.”
Bennett responded that Livni had “brought shame to the State of Israel” by how she handled the negotiations with the Palestinians. His associates said Livni was “obsessively stuck to her seat in the government.”
The economy and trade minister said he had tried to work out a compromise with Netanyahu by which the Israeli Arab citizens released would renounce their citizenship and be exiled to the West Bank. But the prime minister said such steps were not feasible.
My opinion of Bennett continues to decline. Does he want to stop the releases or find a way to stay in the government. Don't you wish he had principles?

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Three dead after anti-Semitic shooting in Kansas City

Three people are dead at the Jewish Community Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas after being shot by a gun wielding fan of Adolph Hitler, may his memory be obliterated (Hat Tip: Sunlight).
Overland Park Police confirm multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St., and Village Shalom, an assisted living center located at 5500 W. 123rd. Both areas are currently on lockdown.
Police took one man into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Nall. The man was heard yelling "heil Hitler" as he was taken into custody.
A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition at an area hospital.
A 41 Action News photographer on the scene spoke with Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC, who says another man pointed a gun at him and shot the windows out of his car, "I thought he was shooting an air rifle and all the sudden he shot at me."
Brodky also says he's seen the alleged shooter before. "He's a member of the club. But I don't know his name."
You can follow updates at the center's Facebook page here.  More here (Hat Tip: Jack W).

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