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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 European ambassadors, US protest demolition of terrorists' homes

Five European ambassadors and the US State Department are protesting an Israeli cabinet decision to demolish the homes of four 'Palestinians' behind recent terror attacks, including the two who carried out Tuesday's attacks on a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood. This is from the first link.
The ambassadors of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain conveyed this message at a meeting with senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem on Thursday and called to restore calm to Jerusalem.
The five ambassadors said their governments object to demolishing Palestinians’ houses, as such punitive measures only exacerbate the situation and escalate the tension, according to Foreign Ministry officials and European diplomats who attended the meeting. 
U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters on Wednesday that “punitive home demolitions are counterproductive to the cause of peace, especially in an already tense situation.”
He said the Israeli government itself had discontinued this practice in the past, “recognizing its effects.”
The British and Spanish parliaments recently approved measures calling for a 'Palestinian state,' and the French parliament is due to vote on a similar measure. Sweden has already recognized 'Palestine.'

But then, what can we Israelis expect when we continue to have in our own government someone who claims that the Jewish presence in our biblical heartland causes 'Palestinian' terrorism?
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) took part on Thursday in a conference of the Council for Peace and Security, in which she blamed the Jewish presence in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria for "heating up the atmosphere" in the recent wave of terrorism.
"Our role as cabinet members is to rise above the present reality and see if there's something we can do to change the direction, also in the region and also in our relations with the Palestinians," said Livni. 
The minister claimed there is a coalition of Arab states that are threatened by radical Islam, saying "that's the same coalition that wants to end the conflict between us and the Palestinians based on two nation states. That's good news."
"The essence of Zionism," according to Livni, is to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state - reportedly her opposition to a law defining Israel as the Jewish nation state has led her to draft an alternate formulation focusing on Israel as a democracy over the state's Jewish nature.
"The more that the settlement enterprise continues our future does not improve, it heats up the atmosphere and sends a message to the world that Israel is playing a double game," claimed Livni. "We speak about peace and an agreement, but in parallel we come out with all kinds of announcements on more building and more expropriation."
The terrorism is because the 'Palestinians' won't tolerate the presence of Jews anywhere in this country, and the only way that the 'Palestinians' will ever agree to a 'Palestinian state' is if it's Judenrein (free of Jews).

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Security forces foil plot to assassinate Lieberman, weapons shipment into Jerusalem

Late Thursday night, Israel Radio reported that the General Security Service had foiled a plot to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman using rocket propelled grenades.

According to the indictment, the three were planning to buy RPG missiles and then launch them at the foreign minister's car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.
The terrorist cell was headed by Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, a senior member of Hamas who resides near Bethlehem and who served several prison terms in Israel on charges of terrorism.
Zir enlisted his brother, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and another Hamas terrorist by the name Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31. They admitted to being recruited to help carry out an attack against a senior Israeli figure.
In addition, Zir turned to senior Hamas terrorist Ibrahim Yusuf al-Sheikh, 50, a resident of Bethlehem who is known for his past involvement in Hamas terrorist activities, and asked him to help him in obtaining RPG missiles.
The three terrorists were caught while conducting surveillance on Liberman's security guards near his home in Gush Etzion community of Nokdim.
They were arrested in mid-August by security forces after one member of the squad was caught trying to buy the missiles.
Also on Thursday, a shipment of Christmas decorations headed for Jerusalem from the Ashdod port was found to contain a deadly arsenal of weapons for delivery to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons.
The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China.
I wonder how many of those fireworks would have been bought by Jews for Purim. Maybe that practice ought to stop too. 

And I guess that China hasn't gotten out of the terror financing business yet.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Which flag makes Berserkeley students go berserk

I'm back in Israel.

I couldn't view this on the plane last night (airline WiFi doesn't allow streaming video), and I wasn't able to post either from London (way too little time) or on the plane back from there (British Airways doesn't hold from WiFi and besides - the flight was so cramped I barely had room for my knees, let alone to open a laptop).

But watch this video. Someone shows an ISIS flag to students at Berserkeley and that doesn't get them too excited. Watch what does.

Let's go to the videotape (via Weasel Zippers).

The American Left.... Aren't they something?

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Tuesday's terror and the Haredim

This comment ought to be read and re-read, because for once someone writing in a publication associated with the Left actually seems to get it.
The citizenship and piety of the victims is largely immaterialthis was simply brutal, ideological murder. But the choice of victims does tell us something about where these murders come from, and what they mean politically.
In recent weeks, the usual hum of low-grade Palestinian incitement has been raised to a fever pitch. There have been allegations of murder and paranoid rumors of Israeli plans to dismantle Muslim sanctuaries. Lone-wolf terrorists have rammed their cars into crowds and stabbed young commuters at bus stops. The Israeli security forces, expert in disrupting networks and intercepting infiltrations, have found themselves helpless to stop it. How do you predict an attack by a single local resident armed only with a car and a kitchen knife?
There is irony in the latest attack. The synagogue was in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in West Jerusalem. The worshippers lived in internationally recognized Israel and almost certainly never served in the army. They would never approach the Temple Mount, the holy site where recent visits by Jews have supposedly triggered the latest wave of Palestinian violence, because they believe that God’s law forbids it. In other words, these worshippers should be among the least offensive to Palestinians.
This is not to say that, for instance, last week’s murder of 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus was less obscene because it happened near a West Bank settlement. But the senselessness and brutality of the synagogue assault, and the otherworldliness of the victims, lays bare the inadequacy of rational political explanations for terror. No doubt the murderers had their grievances (and some perhaps were reasonable), but the butchery in Har Nof shows that any sense of strategy has been overwhelmed by hate. The murder of non-Zionist Torah scholars is an attack on Jews more than Israel, and explaining it requires an understanding of hatred, not of politics. Perhaps the current celebrations throughout the West Bank and Gazareplete with songs of praise on mosque loudspeakers and the festival-like delivery of sweets to childrengoes at least part of the way to providing that.
Rarely has it been clearer: these men were killed simply because they were Jews living in the land of Israel. That they were rabbis killed at prayer is a potent symbol of the attack's senselessess, but their orthodoxy also serves as evidence of how utterly self-defeating Palestinian terrorism is.
Read it all

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What really gets Washington riled up

A good something (morning?) from about 40 minutes out of London. Still over two hours to sunrise there.

If you think Washington got excited about a terror attack on Tuesday, wait until you see how much more excited they get over - you guessed it - the construction of 78 Jewish homes in Jerusalem. Nothing could be more 'harmful' to 'the cause of peace.'
According to Reuters, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stressed Washington's "clear and consistent opposition to construction activity in East Jerusalem."
"During this sensitive time in Jerusalem, we would see such activity as inconsistent with the goal of lower tensions and seeking a path toward peace," he added.
The latest criticism from Washington was made after the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of 78 new homes for Jews in Jerusalem.
Municipal spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said 50 homes will be built in Har Homa and 28 in Ramot.
Yeah, I'm sure that's what motivated those two shmucks to go into a synagogue and murder people in the middle of prayers. Because there's nothing more inciting than building homes for people to live in.

PS I keep forgetting to throw this out: Can you imagine the outrage in the world if someone went in and shot up a mosque in the middle of prayers?

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Time to stop handing candy to the 'Palestinians'

The United Nations Security Council condemned Tuesday's 'Palestinian' terror attack in Jerusalem, but called on Israel to show 'restraint.'
In a unanimous statement quoted by the AFP news agency, the 15-member council expressed concern over rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions and stressed the importance of condemning the violence after Hamas hailed the attack.
The council "encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders and citizens to work together to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations and seek a path toward peace."
In a reference apparently directed at Israel over possible reprisals, the council "reminded states that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law."
Diplomats said the statement was issued following discussions with the United States, which consulted with Israel over the wording.
Responding to the Security Council’s condemnation of the attack, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor said on Wednesday night, "It is too bad that only after Israelis are massacred during prayer that the Security Council remembers to break its silence about Palestinian violence, despite repeated warnings from us.”
"Now that the international community has realized that the Palestinians have crossed all the red lines and, in order to stop the bloodshed, it must stop handing out candy to the Palestinians and stop its support for unilateral actions,” he added.
Don't hold your breath, Ron. The UN stopping support for unilateral actions by the 'Palestinians.' It will never happen.

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What 'peace' with an Arab country means: Jordanian parliament prays for Har Nof murderers

Israel has a 'peace treaty' with Jordan. But that treaty isn't worth the paper on which it is printed. On Wednesday, Jordan's parliament prayed for the souls of the two terrorists who on Tuesday murdered four Jews and a Druze police office and wounded eight other Jews, four of them seriously.
On Wednesday, Jordan's parliament offered a prayer in honor of the spirit of Ghassan Abu Jamal and Uday Abu Jamal - the terrorists who slaughtered five people.

The prayer was held as the House of representatives session opened.

MP Khalil Attieh requested his fellow representatives to recite the Fatiha for the "spirit of the heroes."

The Fatiha is the first chapter of the Koran, recited on important occasions.
There's more. Read the whole thing.

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It starts: Mayor of Ashkelon bans Arab workers from schools

It took a little longer than I thought, but good evening from 31,000 feet above the Atlantic. According to my trusty map, we are just about due south of Newfoundland right now, heading across 'the pond.' Air travel in the modern age is quite bizarre. First, we pulled away from the gate and they announced that we have a half hour hold because otherwise we will show up in London before their curfew ends at 6:00 am (you can't land at Heathrow before 6:00). And now we're going over 740 miles an hour and it keeps going up. I don't recall ever going more than a few miles per hour faster than 700....

In the wake of Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem, Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni has banned all Arab workers from his city's schools. 'Temporarily' of course. Here's what it gets rich: The workers were building shelters to protect the kids from Hamas' rocket fire from Gaza. As you might imagine, the Left is seething....
The mayor explained that the increased presence of Arab workers in close proximity to educational institutions is potentially harmful to residents' security, and therefore their employment will stop until the tense security situation improves.
The contractor which performs the work in the schools in the city is employed by the Defense Ministry, and it should be noted that the work carried out in Ashkelon is done by Israeli Arabs and not by Arabs living in Judea and Samaria.
The decision angered Meretz MK Issawi Frej, who accused Shimoni of "racism of the lowest kind.”
“Under the poor excuse of a 'sense of security', Shimoni wishes to make the city of Ashkelon clean of Arabs and contaminate it with anti-Semitic racism,” charged Frej. “I call on Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and on the Chairman of the Local Government Center, Haim Bibas, to publicly condemn Shimoni and ask him to reconsider his decision with all its consequences."
The decision was also condemned by the President of the Israel Democracy Institute, former Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner.
But Shimoni was also condemned by Labor MK Nachman Shai of the 'sane' Left, as well as by Ofer Shelach of Yesh Atid, which is in the coalition (one has to wonder for how long). Here's guessing that Shimoni's decision will stand, at least for now. And here's hoping that every neighborhood in Jerusalem makes the same decision. 

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Graphic pictures of Tuesday's massacre

As usual, the international media is largely ignoring the massacre that took place in Jerusalem on Tuesday. So MyIsrael decided to shock some people. It posted this video of graphic pictures taken inside Kehillat Bnei Torah on Tuesday in the aftermath of the attack.

Let's go to the videotape.

Here's the explanation:
Sarah Haetzni-Cohen, My Israel CEO, said, “The video is hard to watch but the horrific images are important for the world to see, as they demonstrate the inhuman cruelty of Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israeli civilians. This cold-blooded murder in a house of worship needs to be seen, to understand the real danger of incitement and Islamist terror. Only people that have been fed pure unadulterated Jew-Hatred would be able to commit such an act. It is time that the world understands that the State of Israel is on the frontlines of the fight against international Islamist terror. ”
Indeed. Please spread it around. 

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The aftermath of Tuesday's massacre at Kehillat Bnei Torah

There's more on Tuesday's terror attack and its aftermath from The Blaze's Sharona Schwartz here.

I spoke with Sharona at some length by phone last night from Boston (that's the call I had to take when I finished my post) and I'm quoted rather extensively, so I'll let you all go read it.

But it didn't only hit close to home because of Moshe (and I knew him as Moshe and not as Rav or Rabbi Moshe) HY"D. Mrs. Carl and I and the five oldest kids lived in Har Nof for two years and we prayed regularly in that synagogue (where I caught up with Moshe after several years apart). One of the other people who was killed had a blessing under my daughter's wedding canopy (he was close with my son-in-law). One of the people who is seriously wounded was someone I remember well, and every picture I have seen looks familiar.....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Video from memorial for Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D

Greetings from JFK Airport in New York. I'm on my way home. (If you're reading this and are a close enough friend to have my cell phone number, you can try to call. My conference call seems to have disappeared...).

Here's some video from Tuesday night's memorial for Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood). I am in this video (at least my back is - they were above us in the women's balcony as were all the Boston television stations). Can you find me? Where's Waldo?

Let's go to the videotape.

More about Tuesday's event (with a little you don't know already if you read the post I put up around 6:00 am Israel time) here.
“I can still feel that hug today,” Danny Langermann, a lifelong friend who attended the memorial service at Maimonides School, said of a long-ago embrace. “And if there is anything I will carry with me for the rest of my life, it is that hug.”
Earlier in the day, Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, remembered Twersky as a scholar who dedicated his life to teaching, and whose death resonated widely.
“This is felt as a body blow to the Jewish community in Boston,” he said.
Twersky leaves his wife, Miriam, who runs the Hadar Seminary for Women in Jerusalem, and five children between the ages of 23 and 33. The couple has 10 grandchildren, Israel officials said.
He was buried Tuesday at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.
Twersky attended Maimonides , New England’s first Hebrew day school, which was founded in the 1930s by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, his grandfather and a leading Jewish theologian.
At Maimonides, leaders said the school was “engulfed in grief and outrage.”
And at Harvard University, where Twersky’s late father, Isadore, directed the Center for Jewish Studies from 1978 until 1993, news of the deadly attack was met with shock and anger.
“I know that I speak for all of us in the CJS community when I say that we are heartbroken at the news of this unspeakable act of sacrilegious cruelty,’’ said Eric Nelson, the current director of the Harvard center. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Twersky family at this terribly sad and difficult time.’’
Isadore Twersky was known for his scholarship on the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, and was the spiritual leader at Maimonides School.
He died in 1997 at age 67.
On Tuesday, Mosheh Twersky was hailed as a beloved teacher in his own right.
Read the whole thing.  For those who are into such things, there is a collection of Moshe's classes (mostly but not exclusively Talmud) here.

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'Dear friends'

Today is a travel day and I have five or six hours of work to do in the next two and a half hours before I head to the airport.

But I would be remiss if I did not share this Facebook post with you.

Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller is one of Jerusalem's best-known Anglo female educators. Facebook lists her as a 'public figure.' She lives in Har Nof, as do at least two of her children.

This is her account of Tuesday's events (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).

Post by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller.

I saw Josh White's former roommate in synagogue this morning (he's staying in the room next to where I was staying) and asked if he knew Josh. He said that what happened was 'typical Josh....'

I now know that I know one of the other people wounded. May God Send all of the wounded a speedy and full recovery, and may the community and the country know of no more bloodshed.

And with that, I am off to work.

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Naftali Bennet v. the BBC

Jewish Home party leader and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett went at it with a BBC reporter on Tuesday after the Har Nof synagogue terror attack. Bennett showed a picture on the air that the BBC would rather not cause you to have nightmares.

Let's go to the videotape.

The BBC would like to pretend it didn't happen.

More here.

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The United States' answer to terror

The United States government had some advice for its citizens about how to protect themselves against terror attacks on Tuesday evening. Get a gun? Fat chance. They told us 'make yourself a harder target.' This is from an email they sent around earlier this evening.
U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem
Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Attack at Synagogue
November 18, 2014
A terrorist attack on Tuesday at a synagogue in Har Nof in West Jerusalem killed five people, including three U.S. citizens, and injured several others. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - one of six active designated foreign terrorist organizations - has claimed responsibility, though this remains unverified. This attack is in addition to several acts of violence which have taken place in the past two months in and around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Each of these attacks occurred at a soft target. We have no information that any of the American victims were targeted because they were American citizens.
Today’s incident differs from recent attacks, potentially demonstrating low-level coordination to attack a pre-identified soft target as opposed to an opportunistic random act of violence. While we cannot predict where and when attacks may take place, we have consistently seen a cycle of violence in East Jerusalem neighborhoods following incidents like the one today.
In addition, U.S. government officials are restricted from using the Jerusalem Light Rail north of French Hill through December 23 at 6:00 p.m.
The current dynamic security environment underscores the importance of situational awareness, especially in crowded public places that may have minimal overt police presence. We advise that you monitor local media outlets for current information.
What is a Soft Target?
The State Department considers soft targets to include places where people live, congregate, shop or visit, including hotels, clubs, restaurants, shopping centers, identifiable Western businesses, housing compounds, transportation systems, places of worship, schools, or public recreation events, often with little or no security presence.
Making Yourself a Harder Target
We advise taking steps to make yourself a "harder target" and raise your situational awareness when frequenting these areas; make your routes, arrival and departure times unpredictable, ensure a colleague, friend or family member is aware of your travel, and report suspicious activity to local authorities.
In other words, the US State Department considers you a 'soft target' if you set foot outside your front door, and then goes on to give advice that might have a chance of being effective if the terrorists happen to be targeting you personally.

But most terrorists in Israel target Jews - not specific people. And unlike many cities overseas where you can 'prove' you're not Jewish by - for example - putting on a baseball cap, in Israel, the Arabs know as well as we do how to tell a Jew from an Arab.


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Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood)

Because I am in Boston, this evening I attended a memorial service for Rav Moshe Twersky HY"D at the school we both attended (Maimonides).

I want to summarize for you what some of the speakers said.

After two rabbis saying Tehillim, the first speaker was Nathan (Naty) Katz, one of Moshe's classmates, who is now the director of the school. Naty remembered how Moshe seemed more controlled than the rest of them in Kindergarten, how he was modest even though he was obviously brilliant (the go-to guy before that big Gemara test). Naty was a good athlete in his day, and recalled that during intramural football games, Moshe was a devastating blocker. Moshe never bragged, but when he made a good play, he would return to the huddle with a smile on his face. Nothing else - just a big smile.

The next speaker was Daniel Langerman, who was four years ahead of Moshe (and five ahead of me). Danny's family was close with Moshe's and were neighbors both in Brookline and in the Cape Cod summer community of Onset. He recalled how when Moshe reached 7th grade, they decided that no Talmud class would be befitting for Moshe other than 12th grade. Moshe was in the 12th grade Talmud class all through high school. In fact, one of Danny's classmates posted on Facebook earlier today how Moshe had been placed in their 11th grade Talmud class (apparently earlier in 7th grade) and knew more than anyone else in the class. He was that smart. I had the privilege of being in the same Talmud class as Moshe when I was in 11th grade and he was in 12th, but by then most of his learning time was being spent with his father - Rabbi Dr. Isidore Twersky z"l (the Talner Rebbe, although when I was in high school his father was still alive). Danny also talked about how Moshe managed to synthesize between his mother's (she should live and be well) very Brisker background and his father's very chassidishe background. Danny said that once they waited a long time to get a minyan (quorum) in Onset for the afternoon service. Danny was sent up to lead the prayer, and skipped a prayer that many people don't say after sunset. Moshe came up to him quietly afterward and said 'you shouldn't be so quick to skip Tachanun.' On the other hand, Danny recalled Moshe singing and dancing hard through many a Simchas Torah (Danny and his family prayed at Moshe's Chassidic grandfather's shul year-round - I went to that shul on some of the holidays when we visited my father's parents who lived across the street.

The next speaker was Rabbi Gershon Segal, whose wife is Moshe's first cousin once removed. Rabbi Segal spoke about Moshe's connection to his maternal grandfather and how his maternal grandfather (Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik - known here in Boston as 'the Rov') proved the importance of having a connection to one's grandchildren from the fact that the Jews are named Bnei Yisrael after our forefather Yaakov, because Yaakov had a much better connection to his grandchildren than either his father or grandfather did. Rabbi Segal said that when Moshe's grandfather passed away, the family put out a book of words of Torah in his honor (it is called Beith Yitzchak - I would love to get one). Rabbi Segal recounted how his inlaws (Rabbi Aaron and Mrs. Ella Soloveitchik z"l) came to to Boston to visit them shortly after Moshe's grandfather passed away, and how his father-in-law was raving about Moshe's piece of Torah in the book. Rabbi Segal interpreted that as Rabbi (Aaron) Soloveitchik being thrilled at the proof that the Mesora (Jewish tradition) was being passed to another generation.

The next speaker was Yehuda Yaakov, the Israeli consul general, and he spoke surprisingly well, but on topics that are typically part of this blog anyway, so I will skip that one.

Finally, Barry Shrage, the chairman of the local Combined Jewish Philanthropies spoke. Barry knew Moshe's parents well, and talked about their and the family's lasting influence on the Boston Jewish community even though none of the immediate family live here anymore (I believe that the Siegels are the closest relatives here). One has to realize that until Rabbi Soloveitchik opened Maimonides in 1937, there was really no Jewish school here (my father was a few years too old for Maimonides, and all that was available was afternoon Hebrew school).

I have more to say about this myself, but someone is calling me in a few minutes, so that will have to suffice for now.

PS For those who are familiar with the order of the Jewish prayer service in the morning, I heard from someone here whose son-in-law was in that synagogue on Tuesday morning, and who had arrived late and gone upstairs to the women's section (often used by men in Israel on weekdays) that the terrorists came in during Shmoneh Esrei (the silent devotional prayer) and although his eyes were closed, he suddenly heard people saying the Shma prayer in the middle of Shmoneh Esrei (Shma is the prayer in which we accept on us the yoke of Heaven, and a Jew is supposed to die with Shma on his lips).

May God Have mercy....

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The Har Nof terror victims

The four victims of Tuesday morning's terror attack in Har Nof, Jerusalem HY"D (May God Avenge their blood). There are brief biographies here.

R. Moshe Twersky, who grew up with me in Boston, is at bottom right. I will be attending a commemoration ceremony for him at our old school when you see this post.

R. Kalman Zev Levine (top right) had a blessing at my daughter and son-in-law's wedding ceremony.

The other two - R. Avraham Shmuel Goldberg and R. Aryeh Kopinsky - also look familiar from my time living in Har Nof and praying in that synagogue (1994-96).

Mrs. Carl also bounced me an email from the Neve Yerushalayim seminary which noted connections that three of the victims have to that institution.

May God Have mercy on the families, may they be comforted among all mourners for Zion and Jerusalem, and may they know of no more sorrow.

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Yale Professor: 'The Jooos had it coming'

Get a load of this from HuffPo. This is the first link.

There's plenty more at the second link.

PS Although I am sure that Deir Yassin didn't motive Tuesday's terrorists, Deir Yassin was actually located at the entrance to Har Nof - probably half a mile away (when I first moved to Israel the former homes of the residents who fled - they weren't expelled - still stood).

More on Dir Yassin here.

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CNN's alternative reality

Heh. (Hat Tip: NR - daughter #2, child #4). (If you don't get it, go here).

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Jake Tapper: Who killed more Americans in the last year?

Jake Tapper gets it really right.
And yet the United States continues to fund the 'Palestinian' terror organizations and continues to push for a 'Palestinian state' that is likely to murder many more American citizens.

Something is really out of whack here.

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This will bring home the devastating consequences of Tuesday's 'Palestinian' terror attack

Post by Elana Kohn.

Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Video of shootout with terrorists in Har Nof

Here's video of the shootout with the terrorists after this morning's terror attack in Har Nof.

Let's go to the videotape.

I'm seriously thinking of getting a gun license. My youngest child is 10 so no fear of someone accidentally taking it, and I don't believe anyone in my morning prayer service (and almost no one in our synagogue) has one.

God Will Protect us - but we have to do our part. We don't rely on miracles.

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Really Jeffrey?

If you're wondering, the caption of the photo is 'We believe the children are our future.' But Jeffrey Goldberg almost seems surprised by this behavior (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: "The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means."
Twenty years ago, shortly after the Jewish fanatic Baruch Goldstein massacred Muslims at prayer in Hebron, the then-prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, said of the killer, "You are not part of the community of Israel. ...  You are a foreign implant. You are an errant weed. Sensible Judaism spits you out."
Hamas's endorsement of the massacre of Jews at prayer in their holy city confirms—as if we needed confirming—that its goal is the eradication of Israel and its Jews. We should pray for the day when the leaders of Gaza react to this sort of massacre in the manner of Yitzhak Rabin.
Even Jeffrey admits it's not just Hamas.
The Palestinian Authority leader, the more moderate Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the attack, but it is also fair to say that he helped create the atmosphere in which attacks like this one become more likely. As the Times reports, the attackers "were described as being motivated by what they saw as threats to the revered plateau [the Temple Mount] that contains Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has repeatedly asserted that he will not alter the status quo at the site, where non-Muslims can visit but not openly pray, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has called on his people to protect the area and has warned of a 'holy war' if it is 'contaminated' by Jews."
The Temple Mount, of course, is the holiest place in Judaism. Abbas's belief that the presence of Jews "contaminates" the Mount speaks to his own smallness, and to his susceptibility to Muslim supremacist ideology. The status quo should absolutely be preserved, for the sake of peace, and those Israeli politicians currently calling for a change in the status quo should put away their gasoline cans. But the events of the past couple of weeks in Jerusalem suggest that a core issue of the conflict remains the unwillingness of many Palestinian Muslims to accept the idea that Jews have rights in their ancestral homeland. And in the case of Hamas and like-minded groups, that Jews have a right to live.
Somehow, Jeffrey missed this.
Following the Palestinian Authority's condemnation of this morning's terror attack in which 4 Jews were murdered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, Abbas' Fatah showed on its official Facebook page that Abbas' condemnation is not sincere.
Fatah explained Abbas' condemnation of the murders by using Palestinian Media Watch documentation showing Arafat's bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks due to international pressure to do so, but that "it wasn't true."
Fatah posted this text with the video: "For those who argue with Fatah: Why the PA condemns self-sacrifice operations!" [Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page", Nov. 18, 2014]
This shows that Fatah needed to justify the fact that Abbas, heading both the PA and Fatah, issued a condemnation in the name of the PA. Arguing that the reason Abbas issued the condemnation is the same reason Arafat condemned the killing of civilians - namely international pressure - Fatah states that Abbas' condemnation is not sincere.
Shortly after this post appeared on the Fatah Facebook page the content became unavailable.
Until Goldberg and his friends in the media are willing to be honest about all the 'Palestinian' leadership's genocidal intentions, those who depend on the media for their news will not understand the true nature of the threat facing us. The Temple Mount is just a sideshow. If it weren't that, it would be something else.

It's our very presence in the Jewish homeland. That's what this is all about.

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Heartbreaking images from Jerusalem synagogue massacre

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'A blessed operation'

Some 'peace partner.'

(From the Prime Minister's Facebook page).

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'Mr. President, shut up'

So of course President Hussein Obama calls on Israel to 'lower tensions.'
Evidently Obama missed the part where Abbas and his party took the opportunity to condemn Israel:
“The Palestinian presidency has always condemned the killing of civilians on both sides, and condemns today the killing of worshipers in a house of worship in West Jerusalem,” a statement posted to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency said.
“It also condemns all acts of violence from whatever source and demands an end to invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to the provocations of settlers, and to the incitement of certain Israeli ministers,” the statement continued.
But Tawfik Tirawi, former chief of the Palestinian General Security in the West Bank and a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, told a radio station in Hebron Tuesday morning that the attack was “nothing but a reaction to the recent crimes of the occupation and the settlers in occupied Jerusalem and across the nation. The threats of the occupation against our people and the Palestinian leadership, represented by the president, will only increase our resolve in safeguarding our rights.”
But let Obama be clear: Israel has to make nice with the people who are trying to destroy it.
Many more here.

Obama also whined that 'too many 'Palestinians' have died.' Really, Mr. President? How many were murdered by Israeli Jews and how many by other 'Palestinians'?

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Could this explain Connor Powell's bias against Israel?

In an earlier post, I reported that Fox News' Connor (or Conor) Powell had attributed Tuesday morning's 'Palestinian' terror attack to 'extreme' Jews who want to pray at Israel's holiest place (the Temple Mount).

You don't think this might have something to do with Powell's reporting and pre-disposition to anti-Israel positions, do you (Hat Tip: Merrill W).
Atia Abawi and Conor Miles Powell were married Saturday at Morven Park, an estate in Leesburg, Va. Imam Yahya Hendi officiated and Rev. Donald Greenhalgh, a Roman Catholic priest, participated.
The bride, 30, and the bridegroom, 35, are journalists. She is the NBC News correspondent and he is the Fox News Channel correspondent in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The bride will continue to use her name professionally. She graduated from Virginia Tech.
She is the daughter of Mahnaz Ismail Abawi and Abdul Wahid Abawi of Chantilly, Va. The bride’s father works for the Cubic Corporation, a San Diego military, transportation and logistics contractor. Her mother teaches Pashto and Dari in Rosslyn, Va., for International Communication Associates, a language school.
Coincidence... all coincidence.... 

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As I put on my Tefillin...

From a Facebook post shared by NR (daughter number 2, child number 4).

No further comments needed.

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Dual citizens all

All four victims of Tuesday morning's 'Palestinian' terror attack were US or British citizens.
Police revealed that all four victims were dual citizens, with three holding American citizenship, and the fourth British citizenship.
Kupinsky (43) lost his 13-year-old daughter Chaya Hana two years ago. Goldberg (68) made aliyah (immigration) to Israel in 1991, and leaves behind a wife and six children. Rabbi Levine (50) leaves behind a wife and nine children, as well as five grandchildren.
Rabbi Twersky was born in the US and made aliyah in 1990 with his family. He leaves behind a wife, five children and ten grandchildren. Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, a prominent head of the Lithuanian hareidi community, eulogized the rabbi saying "he was a great and holy man. He was so close to G-d in his holy life and was murdered in the middle of his prayer, with the tefilin (phyllacteries) on his head."
Rabbi Twersky's funeral was to be held at 2 p.m. at the Torat Moshe yeshiva in Sanhedria. 
The funeral services for Rabbi Levine, Mr. Kupinsky, and Mr. Goldberg began at 3 p.m. at the synagogue in which they were murdered, the Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Har Nof.
As I mentioned earlier, R. Moshe Twersky grew up here in Boston and was a class ahead of me in school.
One of the victims of this morning's deadly attack at a Jerusalem synagogue has been identified as the "Rosh Kollel" of the Torat Moshe yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Twersky.
Torat Moshe Yeshiva,  sometimes called ToMo for short by its students, is an advanced level English-speaking yeshiva named for Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik and founded by his grandson, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman.  
Rabbi Twersky was among four people murdered when two Palestinian terrorists stormed the Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood armed with axes, knives and guns during morning prayers.
Eight other people were injured in the ensuing slaughter - four of them seriously. Harrowing pictures from the scene showed bodies still wrapped in their prayer shawls (tallitot) and tefilin scattered on the floor.
May God Have mercy on the families of the victims and may all of those wounded enjoy speedy and full recoveries. 

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One of my children was near this morning's terror attack

One of my children (son #4 child #7) was near the site of this morning's terror attack. He was early for school and decided to walk a couple of friends to their yeshiva. He was on the parallel street above the synagogue during the terror attack.

He reports that he heard a lot of shouting and saw all the police swarming the area. He reports that someone in the synagogue shoved a bench in front of one of the terrorists when he saw that the terrorist had a knife. No idea who told him that.

My son is familiar with the synagogue because I have taken him there.

He's 12-years old. Fortunately, he does not seem overly traumatized by what happened.

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CNN called attacked synagogue a mosque

No, those aren't photoshops. They're actual screen shots from CNN's coverage of Tuesday's 'Palestinian' terror attack.

This is Tom Gross.
As Bret Stephens once wrote about the New York Times When one carefully examines the New York Times’s corrections column, one can see that in all cases the mistakes were made against Israel. “In a more normal world,” wrote Stephens, “a newspaper’s mistakes, particularly in its political and diplomatic reporting, would more-or-less be randomly distributed... Yet while a search of NYT corrections over the past two years discloses the usual measure of forgivable bloopers, not once has the paper erred on the side of Israel. A pattern of bias, maybe?”

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Terrorist's wife to be expelled

The government of Israel has announced that the wife of one of the two 'Palestinian' terrorists who carried out Tuesday's attack will be expelled.
In addition, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced he would be revoking the residency permit of the wife of one of the two terrorists involved in this morning's attack. The woman is a Palestinian from the Judea-Samaria region but until now had been granted a residency permit after marrying her husband, who was a resident of Jerusalem.
Deputy Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) had called for the families of the terrorists to be expelled earlier Tuesday.
Thank you to Israel's 'supreme court.'

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'Palestinians' celebrate Jerusalem terror attack... on 'Palestinian Authority' Television

'Palestinians' in Gaza handed out candy in the streets after Tuesday morning's terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the bloodbath, with a Hamas spokesperson saying it was a "response" to the suicide of an Arab bus driver Monday, which Islamists have nevertheless been blaming on "Israeli settlers" in order to stoke further tension.

An official statement from Abbas’ office said ”The presidency condemns the attack on Jewish worshipers in their place of prayer and condemns the killing of civilians.” However as is their practice of saying one thing to the world community and something else to their own people, the Palestinian Authority's official TV channel showed images of Bethlehem residents handing out candy in the streets, in support of the attack.
And on the 'Palestinian Authority's Facebook page, they made it quite clear that they support Tuesday morning's terror attack.
Following the Palestinian Authority's condemnation of this morning's terror attack in which 4 Jews were murdered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, Abbas' Fatah showed on its official Facebook page that Abbas' condemnation is not sincere.
Fatah explained Abbas' condemnation of the murders by using Palestinian Media Watch documentation showing Arafat's bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks due to international pressure to do so, but that "it wasn't true."
Fatah posted this text with the video: "For those who argue with Fatah: Why the PA condemns self-sacrifice operations!" [Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page", Nov. 18, 2014]
This shows that Fatah needed to justify the fact that Abbas, heading both the PA and Fatah, issued a condemnation in the name of the PA. Arguing that the reason Abbas issued the condemnation is the same reason Arafat condemned the killing of civilians - namely international pressure - Fatah states that Abbas' condemnation is not sincere.
Shortly after this post appeared on the Fatah Facebook page the content became unavailable.
I'm sure the US State Department and the European Union will have a talk with 'Abbas' and tell him not to make silly statements like that again.... 

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Twitchy collection: 'Palestinians' celebrate Jerusalem terror attack

I'm sure none of you are surprised to see the 'Palestinians' celebrating Tuesday's Jerusalem terror attack.

More pictures and tweets here.

But give them a 'state' and they'll stop murdering us... or at least stop celebrating so much when they do. /sarc

And for those Americans who've forgotten, let's go to the videotape.

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How CNN reported Tuesday morning's terror attack - calls to expel reporter Ben Wedeman - UPDATE Not just CNN

That headline was a full two hours after the terror attack.

More (only slightly better headlines) from the 'international media' here.

The government has been asked to expel CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman for that headline and this one. 

Yossi Dagan, the head of media relations for the Samaria Regional Council, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Government Press Office (GPO) against a CNN reporter for equating the terrorists involved in the Har Nof massacre with the victims.
According to Dagan, American CNN reporter Ben Wedeman was responsible for the headline describing the massacre under the headline, "Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians" - when, in fact, the shooters were Palestinian terrorists who killed four Jews and wounded eight others as they prayed the morning service before being killed in a gun battle with police.
Dagan charged that the headline was a serious violation of international journalism ethics, and called to revoke Wedeman's press license and, generally, bring anti-Semitic coverage of terror attacks by foreign journalists to an end - permanently. 
"There is no reality elsewhere in the world where journalists can report a terror attack in this style," he stated. "This rule should also apply to foreign reporters in Israel. There is good and there is bad, there are killers and there are victims." 
"The media arena in recent years has become an equally important battlefield for Israel, and it must use all the tools at its disposal to demand certain baselines in its media coverage," he continued. "Coverage like this legitimizes the next murder; whoever loses in this loses the next war as well."
No, Wedeman is not Jewish.... He's a Quaker....


Just got this via Twitter.

The media really don't (want to) get it, do they? It's got nothing to do with prayer on the Temple Mount. It has to do with Jews being at the Temple Mount and for that matter being anywhere (in the biblical Jewish homeland). If God Forbid they 'finish us off' in Jerusalem, they will go to the rest of Israel, and then to the rest of the world. It's anti-Semitism - pure and simple.

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The EU's new foreign policy chief and her Best Friend Forever

And they wonder why they have no influence?

Maybe he gave her AIDS....

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Jerusalem police won't return Har Nof terrorists' bodies

The Jerusalem police have announced that they will not return the bodies of the terrorists (pictured) who murdered four Jews this morning. They will be buried in secret, without a ceremony and without any family members present. (Link in Hebrew). Both terrorists were 'Israeli Arabs' from Jerusalem (link in Hebrew again).

Hopefully they will be coated in lard before they are buried (not part of the article - my idea).

This is the FIRST TIME the police have not returned bodies of terrorists to the families (unbelievable), although the IDF regularly keeps bodies of terrorists to exchange for soldiers.

The police have announced that they will inspect everyone leaving the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem (waiting for the 'supreme court' to decide this is 'discrimination' in 5... 4... 3... 2...) and that the terrorists' houses will be destroyed.

The terrorists' families should be expelled to Syria too (my idea - not in the article).

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This morning's terror attack

As I'm sure most of you know already, this hasn't been a good morning. 'Palestinian' terrorists walked into a prayer service in my former synagogue in Jerusalem this morning, murdered four Jews who were wrapped in their talitoth and tefillin and wounded eight others.

One of the dead, Rabbi Moshe Twersky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) was a childhood friend - a class ahead of me in school here in Boston.

Moshe was a brilliant talmudic scholar, and a real mentch. He was descended from the Soloveitchik (Brisk) and Twersky (Talner rebbe) families and was the Dean of the Torath Moshe yeshiva, a prominent yeshiva for non-Israelis in Jerusalem.

May God Avenge their blood.

My wife reports that one of the terrorists worked in the local makolet (grocery store) and the other was a cleaning person. Maybe it's time to stop hiring Arabs. She also tells me that all four victims were Anglos.

The picture is one of the victims....

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Netanyahu's Livni obsession coming to an end?

Maybe Prime Minister Netanyahu saw the poll numbers that have her barely making it into the next Knesset. Or maybe he finally figured out what the rest of us did a long time ago: Tzipi Livni is about 'me, me, me,' and while she may have lots of friends on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington and in Foggy Bottom, she was very few friends in Israel. Whichever it is, at long last, Netanyahu may finally have come to the realization that he doesn't need to pander to Tzipi Livni - and he may be hurting himself politically by continuing to do so.
"On Sunday I will bring the Jewish State Law to the Cabinet, in order to provide a response to all those who doubt the right of Jews to have their own nation-state in the state of Israel. The Jewish State Law is a foundation in securing our rights in our country," Netanyahu said.
According to the Jewish State Law, which was proposed by MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) and is backed by the Jewish Home party, all Jewish schools will teach Jewish history as well as Jewish tradition and heritage. Hebrew will be recognized as the only official language in Israel. Arabic, which as of now is considered an official language in Israel, will instead be given special status.
The bill also declares that the State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which a Jew can exercise his desire for self-determination in accordance with his historical legacy. This right to exercise national self-determination will be provided to Jewish people only.
However, every resident, regardless of religion and nationality, will be entitled to preserve his or her heritage, culture and language.
The bill came before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, but Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who opposes the law, removed it from the agenda by purposely wasting time at the meeting, leaving only the last few minutes for a hurried discussion of the law before announcing that the debate on it is to be put off for a later date.
Livni has outsized influence on the government - or at least she has until now. She is Justice Minister, a position that is probably ministry number 5 on the totem pole (after the Prime Minister, and Defense, Foreign and Finance), despite the fact that the party she leads has only six seats in the current Knesset. It's long past time for that to stop.

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Pigs fly: Kerry threatens Abu Mazen

London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed is reporting that US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen with 'sanctions' if he pursues unilateral recognition of a 'Palestinian state' at the United Nations.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, official sources confirmed to the newspaper that Kerry called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and warned him against taking any unilateral measures, threatening to impose financial and political sanctions on the PA. He said the most effective way forward would be to resume negotiations.
The sources added that “Kerry stressed the importance of calming the situation in occupied Jerusalem to avoid serious consequences.”
The sources said an Arab committee would meet in Cairo on November 29 to put the final touches on an Arab draft resolution to be submitted to the Security Council to recognize the Palestinian state.
However, speaking to al-Araby al-Jadeed, other sources close to the PA expressed doubt that Abbas would actually go through with the UN resolution.
“There are Arab and U.S. pressures that will make it impossible for the Palestinian President to take a step like submitting the draft resolution by the end of this month or even before the end of this year”, the sources added.
I find this hard to believe. But maybe they're still hoping to grab a legacy for President Hussein Obama by forcing Israel to give the 'Palestinians' what they want.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Video: Israel police arrest 15-year old 'Palestinians' for throwing stones at cars

Imagine if you were driving one of the cars in this video.

Here's a video of Israeli police arresting four 15-year old 'Palestinians' who were on a footbridge throwing stones outside their school in Beit Hanina - a neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The cars (and buses) at which they were throwing the stones are headed for Pisgat Zev and Neve Yaakov, which are also neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

This is about a five-minute drive from my home, and yes, I have driven this road dozens of times.

Let's go to the videotape.


For the record, one car and one bus were damaged and the 'children' confessed. Maybe their parents should be spending some time in jail too?


Forgot to mention - this happened on Thursday. 

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Is NBC muzzling its Middle East employees?

A deeply disturbing (but not surprising) report from Brian of London based on the tweet above.
This morning [Abu Toameh has] followed it up with a longer message on Facebook shared only with friends, with permission I’m quoting him here:
There’s a serious problem when a major US network tells its employees they won’t get compensation for decades of work unless they promise not to say or write anything about their former working place.
In other words, they are saying: You must not reveal any of our secrets or tell the world about double standards and hypocrisy of the foreign media.
Not only is this unethical and filthy, but it’s also a form of blackmail. I wonder if NBC NEWS would treat its employees in the US in the same way. And what is NBC NEWS afraid of?
Clearly NBC News has sent some communication out to all of it’s staff in Israel and perhaps the wider region with a change to the terms of their employment.

Possible background here

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