Sunday 31 August 2014

Al Qaeda

The Jewish Standard:

The al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front is now sitting on Israel's northern border after taking over the Quneitra Crossing.

This is a very significant development.

Full story at The Times of Israel:


Kol Tuv,

How the Main Stream Media Perpeutates an Anti-Semitic Slant on the News

We know that the Main Stream media has largely distorted the news against Israel and the Jews for decades. Now we can get a glimpse as to HOW that works!

A Former AP Correspondent Explains How and Why His Colleagues Get Israel So Wrong – Tablet Magazine

Kol Tuv,

Saturday 30 August 2014

Mussar: The Remak and the Tomer Devorah

Emulating G-d: Study in Tomer Devora :: Naaleh Torah Video Online

Tomer Devorah by Moshe Cordevero in English


Moses ben Jacob Cordovero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

«Tomer Devorah ("Palm tree [of] Deborah"), a popular work of Musar Literature based on kabbalistic principles, translated to English by Rabbi Moshe Miller (1993).»

Kol Tuv,

Friday 29 August 2014

Finding Your Calling – The Secret to Jewish Greatness | World Mizrachi Movement

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Hamas’s Strategy Leads to Increased Casualties in Gaza.

Hamas's disastrous strategy | JPost | Israel News
«Hamas' prevarications all along the Egypt-led negotiations betray the disarray at which that organization finds itself. On July 17, Hamas rejects a cease-fire approved by the Arab League – requesting that Israel make concessions beforehand. On August 5, however, Hamas accepts without conditions the same truce that it had refused earlier.

(Had Hamas accepted the truce on July 17 rather than on August 5, the loss of human lives in Gaza would have been reduced by 90 percent). Subsequently, it refused to prolong the truce, only to backtrack again.»
Kol Tuv,

Thursday 28 August 2014

Leon Trotsky: On the Jewish Problem (1937-40)

Leon Trotsky seems quite prescient in his analysis of the problems related to the Jewish Question" but also naïve in his ideologically based assumption that World Democratic Socialism would relieve us of the scourge of Anti-Semitism.

In other words, he describes many of the difficulties facing the Jews, but his remedy has subsequently been shown to have failed.

Kol Tuv,

Daniel in the Lion's Den

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Calling Israel’s actions "Genocidal" is a deadly lie - Fight the Blood Libel by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Calling Israel's actions genocidal is a deadly lie
«Through the course of this war in Gaza, Israel's third there since it withdrew fully in 2005, I have had to respond publicly to a number of friends and acquaintances who either intentionally or unwittingly committed themselves to the ranks of Israel's most rabid haters. This is especially true of those who joined the global blood libel chorus that falsely and poisonously accuses Israel of genocide.

I was fully aware that in doing so I risked losing those relationships. But I responded nonetheless. Not just to defend Israel and the Jewish people against the depraved charge of mass murder, but because I heard the cry of those who perished in the seven real genocides in the 100 years since the First World War, whose anniversary we commemorated this year.»
The Jewish Standard

Kol Tuv,

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Video Proof Counters UN Allegations

The Jewish Standard:
Israel is prepared this time. The IDF was tasked with documenting every aspect of the fighting in Gaza and is now prepared to declassify all information necessary to refute any claims by the United Nations or hostile NGOs with facts, maps and footage.

Your move, UN.

(Source: Israel Defense Forces)

Kol Tuv,

YouTube - A Young Israeli Speaks Out about Gaza
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Tuesday 26 August 2014

QUICKWIT: Europe Died at Auschwitz

"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more
violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel ."

~ Benjamin Netanyahu

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Anti-Zionism IS Anti-Semitism
«Before responding to this, it is crucial to understand that this argument – that Israel's founding was illegitimate – is completely unrelated to anti-Zionism. An intellectually honest person who believes Israel's founding is illegitimate would still have to acknowledge that Zionism is an inseparable part of Judaism.

But the argument that Israel is illegitimate because its founding led to 600,000 to 700,000 Arab refugees is as anti-Jewish as is anti-Zionism. Virtually every country in the world was founded by displacing some of the people who had lived there, and many of those countries did far worse to far more people than Israel did. Therefore, anyone who calls only for Israel's destruction had better explain why, of all the states on earth whose founding was accompanied by the displacement of others, only the Jewish state is illegitimate.

Take Pakistan, for example. Unlike the Jewish state of Israel, which had existed twice before in history, there was never a country called Pakistan, nor was there ever any other independent Muslim country in the part of India that was carved out to create Pakistan. Moreover, if the Jewish state of Israel is illegitimate because it created 700,000 Arab refugees, why isn't the Muslim state of Pakistan, which created more than eight million Hindu refugees, illegitimate?

The answer is obvious. When people isolate the one Jewish state in the world for sanctions, opprobrium and delegitimizing, they are doing so because it is the Jewish state. And that, quite simply, is why anti-Zionism is simply another form of Jew-hatred.»
Kol Tuv,

New Evidence somewhat Exonerates Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain was pretty much forced to play the role of appeaser. What's our excuse?
«But among historians, that view changed in the late 1950s, when the British government began making Chamberlain-era records available to researchers. "The result of this was the discovery of all sorts of factors that narrowed the options of the British government in general and narrowed the options of Neville Chamberlain in particular," explains David Dutton, a British historian who wrote a recent biography of the prime minister. "The evidence was so overwhelming," he says, that many historians came to believe that Chamberlain "couldn't do anything other than what he did" at Munich. Over time, Dutton says, "the weight of the historiography began to shift to a much more sympathetic appreciation" of Chamberlain.

First, a look at the military situation. Most historians agree that the British army was not ready for war with Germany in September 1938. If war had broken out over the Czechoslovak crisis, Britain would only have been able to send two divisions to the continent—and ill-equipped divisions, at that. »
Neville Chamberlain was right to cede Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler: Seventy-five years ago, the British prime signed the Munich Pact.

Kol Tuv,

Monday 25 August 2014

Tunnels for Terror

The Jewish Standard:
"From the 48 Hamas prisoners that have been captured, the intelligence have been interrogating them and the most terrifying, and horrific picture is being built.

"They are being investigated about the many tunnels that have been found and dug under many kibbutzim that surround Gaza. The most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israeli as possible.

"This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack.

"I think now we start to understand how dangerous these tunnels really are. They all have to be destroyed and we cannot leave even one undetected or unattended to. These tunnels are more dangerous than any rocket or any other weapon."
Full roundup of intelligence on the Hamas tunnels and planned mega-attacks here:

Kol Tuv,

What Would Britain do IF rockets were fired at Her? Well, we know from WWII, what Britain would Do!

See around 6:40 onwards for the UK's repsonse to the Nazi V-1 V-2 threats...

«UN Watch shared the following link and had this to say about it:

AMAZING, MUST-SEE SPEECH ON GAZA WAR FROM BRITISH COLONEL: Worth watching every minute, this is the most important speech yet on the 2014 Hamas-Israel War. Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of UK forces in Afghanistan, brilliantly exposes who is truly responsible for war crimes.

Kol Tuv,

Why I left one of the most influential Christian families in the world - by Finis Leavell Beauchamp

«It may seem incredible that a young man who had plowed through everything from Sartre to Schopenhauer to Sikhism in a quest to get at some type of metaphysical truth after Christianity would have neglected to investigate Judaism or the Jews. In order to fully explicate this curiosity I must provide context.

First, as a former Evangelical Christian, I had been indoctrinated since infancy with the notion that Judaism used to be a religion – but was no longer. Judaism was a Broken Covenant that had been firmly supplanted, or repaired, by Christ. I had never once read the Old Testament without seeing it through the lens of the New Testament. It would have been akin to reading the American Constitution without mentally interjecting the Bill of Rights at every stage. It was inconceivable to me that there could still be persons roaming the earth, two millennia after Christ, who believed in the Law of Moses, and nothing more.

Second, while it had never been explicitly taught, I had simply imbibed, perhaps in the very air of the South, that the Jews remaining on earth were not members of a religion, but were rather a distinct racial group – similar to Africans or Asians. ...»

The Christian Defector

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Sunday 24 August 2014

Tenafly Gas Station's Quest for Peace

Kol Tuv,

Restaurant Watches Old Surveillance And Shares Shocking Results On Craigslist

Radical Changes to culture during about 10 years.

Kol Tuv,


From this week's Parsha [R'eih]

דברים פרק יב

כט כי-יכרית ה` אלהיך את-הגוים,
אשר אתה בא-שמה לרשת אותם--מפניך;
וירשת אתם, וישבת בארצם. 


לא לא-תעשה כן, לה` אלהיך: 
כי כל-תועבת ה` אשר שנא,
עשו לאלהיהם--

*כי גם את-בניהם ואת-בנתיהם, ישרפו באש לאלהיהם.*

Sacrificing their children in fire
So as to serve their god(s).

Kol Tuv,

Saturday 23 August 2014

Mussar: The Promised Land - A Double Edged Promise

Mussar to the Nations -
the Promised Land Belongs to
And Yaakov / Yisrael

ו  זֶרַע, אַבְרָהָם עַבְדּוֹ:   
בְּנֵי יַעֲקֹב בְּחִירָיו.
ז  הוּא, ה` אֱלֹק ינוּ;   
בְּכָל-הָאָרֶץ, מִשְׁפָּטָיו.
ח  זָכַר לְעוֹלָם בְּרִיתוֹ;   
דָּבָר צִוָּה, לְאֶלֶף דּוֹר.
ט  אֲשֶׁר כָּרַת, אֶת-אַבְרָהָם;    וּשְׁבוּעָתוֹ לְיִשְׂחָק.
י  וַיַּעֲמִידֶהָ לְיַעֲקֹב לְחֹק;    לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּרִית עוֹלָם.
יא  לֵאמֹר--לְךָ, אֶתֵּן אֶת-אֶרֶץ-כְּנָעַן:   
חֶבֶל, נַחֲלַתְכֶם.
יב  בִּהְיוֹתָם, מְתֵי מִסְפָּר;  
 כִּמְעַט, וְגָרִים בָּהּ.

Mussar to the Israelites:

מד  וַיִּתֵּן לָהֶם, אַרְצוֹת גּוֹיִם;    וַעֲמַל לְאֻמִּים יִירָשׁוּ.
מה  בַּעֲבוּר, יִשְׁמְרוּ חֻקָּיו--    וְתוֹרֹתָיו יִנְצֹרוּ;

Kol Tuv,

Friday 22 August 2014

Shabbat 2014

Participating Organizations

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Three War Miracles that Never Happened | The Jewish Press
«Social media have given thrill-seekers an instant explosive to set off bombastic headlines written by hasty editors trying to beat the competition and then having to delete the stories when discovering that they never happened.»
Kol Tuv,

Thursday 21 August 2014

Community leaders call for calm as Jewish charity targeted in wave of anti-Semitic attacks > New English Review
«Richard Desmond, president of Norwood and owner of Express Newspapers, called the incident "unbelievable" and a "disgrace". Speaking to Vanessa Feltz on her BBC London 94.9 radio show, he said: "Norwood helps around 20,000 people in Britain, not just Jewish people – we're nothing to do with Israel – but also Arabs, Indians, Muslims, Pakistanis, Chinese. We help everyone black or white. We do not discriminate. We raise an amazing sum of £37million a year. That fundraising is mainly done by Jewish people because it's in the Jewish mantra to help people. . . "»
Shalom and Best Regards,
ועל מי יש לנו להשען?
על אבינו שבשמים.


«The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest umbrella association of Orthodox Jewish rabbis in North America, reacts in horror to the ongoing reign of terror against Christian and Yezidi minorities in Iraq by ISIS. Rabbi Leonard Matanky, president of the RCA, said, "We are overwhelmed by the reports of beheadings, crucifixions, forced conversions, expulsions, and confiscations of property of innocent people who lived peaceably with their neighbors for centuries- – all in the name of God. As Jews, we have experienced this all too often in the past, and dare not remain silent."

Rabbi Mark Dratch, the RCA's executive vice president, added, "We urge the international community to take immediate and significant actions to save the lives and protect the integrity of hundreds of thousands of human beings who are targeted."»

Kol Tuv,

Gaza Coverage Promoting Anti-Semitism

«Critics of Israeli policy might say that only Zionists, not all Jews, should be facing reproach for the operation in Gaza. But the anti-Jewish backlash – aimed at Jewish, not specifically Zionist, targets – has, ironically, reminded many Jews precisely why they need a safe and secure Jewish homeland in the first place – the essence of Zionism.»
Indeed, Zionism was started by Herzl in the wake of L'affaire Dreyfus

Obsessive Gaza coverage is fanning antisemitism | Eylon Aslan-Levy | Commentisfree | The Guardian

Kol Tuv,

Wednesday 20 August 2014

There Are No Anti-Semites in the 9/11 Truth Movement | Skepchick

Paranoid Conspiracy theorists seem to cluster around


Henry Ford was both a paranoid anti-Semite and hater of the banking "conspiracy". Odd because EG JP Morgan did not get along with Jews very well yet the Anti-Semites lump them together anyway

Kol Tuv,

Baruch Dayan HaEmes: RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz zt"l

The RIETS and Yeshiva University Family mourn the passing besayva
tovah of an esteemed senior Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz zt"l

Born in Lubcza, Poland in 1909, Rabbi Yankelewitz studied in the Radin Yeshiva until the death of its founder, the Chofetz Chaim. Rabbi Yankelewitz then continued his studies at the legendary Mir Yeshiva in Russia, before being forced to flee from the Nazis at the start of World War II. The entire yeshiva relocated to Kobe, Japan before eventually settling in Shanghai, China- where they remained
until 1947. Rabbi Yankelewitz has given a daily shiur at RIETS for semikhah and college students for nearly 60 years.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, at 2:00 PM
Yeshiva University
The Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study
Glueck Beit Midrash
515 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

There will be a place for Kohanim outside the Glueck Beit Midrash.

Burial will be in Israel.  More details to follow.

May Hashem comfort the family with all those who mourn for Zion and

Kol Tuv,

Tuesday 19 August 2014

The Kosher Primer | OU Kosher Certification
«The laws of kosher are complex and extensive. The intention of this guide is to acquaint the reader with some of the fundamentals of kosher and provide insight into its practical application. Given the complex nature of the laws of kosher, one should consult an Orthodox Rabbi whenever a kosher issue arises.

Though an ancillary hygienic benefit has been attributed to the observance of kosher, the ultimate purpose and rationale is to conform to the Divine Will, as expressed in the Torah.»
Kol Tuv,

A Tale of Two Ages, Darkened and Enligthened

Once Upon a Time there was a Mommy and her beautiful baby daughter Samah. The daughter grew to be an adorable young girl, but the Mommy, wasn't too smart.
Once day the little girl Samah fell and hurt her leg. While the Mommy tried to take care of little Samah, she refused to see the local doctor, Learsi. You see Dr. Learsi was so advanced, he was deemed to be an evil wizard.

Finally, Samah's leg turned colors and so the Desperate Mommy reluctantly went to Learsi to heal her beloved child.

Dr. Learsi declared "Gangrene has set it" and so he cut off Samah's infected leg. There was blood. There was pain. Samah, was now deformed. But Learsi had saved Samah's life.

There are 2 endings to the story. Please pick one.

1. The Mommy realized that despite Samah's loss, Dr. Learsi saved her daughter's life. She fell into deep gratitude and herself learned to become more enlightened in the ways of modern medical miracles.

2. The Mommy screamed in horror. She saw blood. She saw guts, she felt pain. She screamed, ranted and cursed. She committed to oppose modern surgery as just human butchery. She became even more backward and more intolerant. Her goal was to discard her Samah on the trash heap of history by offering her as human sacrifice to her benighted god of hatred, in order to destroy Learsi.

The end.
Shalom and Best Regards,

"A wise man changes his mind, a fool never" ~Spanish Proverb

Monday 18 August 2014

Antisemitism on rise across Europe 'in worst times since the Nazis' | Society | The Guardian
«In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowd's chants and banners included "Death to Jews" and "Slit Jews' throats". That same weekend, in the Barbes neighbourhood of the capital, stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags: "Israhell", read one banner.


"These are the worst times since the Nazi era," Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, told the Guardian. "On the streets, you hear things like 'the Jews should be gassed', 'the Jews should be burned' – we haven't had that in Germany for decades. Anyone saying those slogans isn't criticising Israeli politics, it's just pure hatred against Jews: nothing else. And it's not just a German phenomenon. It's an outbreak of hatred against Jews so intense that it's very clear indeed."»

Kol Tuv,

The Starbucks Rumor Maelstrom

Facts about Starbucks in the Middle East | Starbucks Newsroom

How Zionist is Starbucks?
----- A Thank You to All Starbucks Customers

The Arab American News - Why we must boycott Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Calls Himself 'an Active Zionist,' but Can You Find It Anywhere on the Web? | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more.
Are there Starbucks in Italy?
«Are there Starbucks in Italy?
One of my best friends is moving to Italy, and I want to get him a gift card he can use in the US and Italy. He likes coffee so I thought of Starbucks, but are there those in Italy,
Best Answer:
There are no Starbucks in italy...
The motivations are...
1) Starbucks is based on the Italian espresso bars culture
2) Italians don't like to drink coffee while walking or driving
anyway you can read the motivations here... "why-starbucks-is-not-present-in-italy"»
«After eight years spent setting up 63 French Starbucks stores, the company has never turned a profit in France. And even in the parts of Europe where the company does make money, sales and profit growth lag far behind results in the Americas and Asia. Europe's debt crisis and sluggish economy are a factor. So are high European rents and labor costs, which impinge on profits more than in any other region in which Starbucks operates. But the biggest challenge may lie in tailoring the Starbucks experience to appeal to a variety of European tastes.»

When Starbucks pulled out of Israel I heard then that the reason was that they simply could not compete with the local cafes.

Kol Tuv,

Sunday 17 August 2014

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive? » Mosaic Magazine

Kol Tuv,

L'affaire Dreyfus, une Autre Fois?

It was the original Dreyfus Affaire that prompted Herzl to seek an Asylum for Jews in Zion!

The irony is that Europe is making a STRONGER case for Zionism than at any time in recent history,
«The case of France
France is today the poster child of the resurgence of European anti-Semitism. But, says Foxman, "There's an irony about it."

"If you were to ask me about a country dealing with anti-Semitism in a responsible way, it would be France," he says. He gives a nod to Jacques Chirac, who during his rule saw a Jewish school bombed in 1995 and was spurred to action in 2002 by a surge of attacks in Istanbul and an attempted bombing of a French Jewish day school.

"Chirac woke up and realized it could have been a much worse disaster," says Foxman, who explains most countries are in denial of their latent anti-Semitism. France, however, set up an interministerial task force, has provided the Jewish community with security, and "every expression of anti-Semitism has been met with very serious condemnation, starting with the prime minister and president," says Foxman.»
Are the 'sins' of Israel visited on Europe's Jews? | The Times of Israel

Kol Tuv,

Saturday 16 August 2014

Mussar from the Natives - Guard Your Traditions

As Ben Zoma states
מסכת אבות פרק ד

ד,א  בן זומא אומר, איזה הוא חכם--הלמד מכל אדם, שנאמר "מכל מלמדיי, השכלתי" (תהילים קיט,צט). 

And as the Rambam advises us, we can accept the Truth from any source.

From a Canadian Indian Elder -
"The Creator told everyone of us in our tribal beginnings to look after our ceremonies, and each other."
-- Barney Bush, SHAWNEE

Our ceremonies are important and each has a purpose. They teach us about the Creator and about each other. The ceremonies teach us to be humble and teach us to pray. They teach us to look inside ourselves. We should remember to pray each morning.
Ask the Creator to guide our thinking. Think only good thoughts.
Think good thoughts about our relatives and about our brothers and sisters.
Pray for our children in ceremony. Give thanks to the Great Mystery of life.
All life is sacred. Pray in a sacred way.

I'm amazed at how Native Amerindians revere Tradition in a way resembling Judaism

Kol Tuv,

Thursday 14 August 2014

Are there any Nobel Prizes for Suicide Bombing?

What does the World want today?
A Return to the Dark Ages?

Kol Tuv,

American Jews and Religious Freedom: Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Case - Douglas Aronin

« The Supreme Court's decision, at the end of its most recent term, in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., has ignited a storm of controversy out of all proportion to its rather minor practical significance.   The decision's critics appear to consider it a major assault on women's "reproductive freedom," to use a common buzz phrase.  Its defenders see it as a milestone in the protection of religious liberty.

They're both wrong.  The critics are wrong because the decision in the Hobby Lobby case — in which a commercial employer sought a religious conscience exemption from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employer-provided health coverage include coverage for contraceptive services at no extra cost to the employee – ultimately turned on the ease with which the government could assure the employees access to the mandated coverage without infringing the employers' religious liberty.  The decision's defenders are wrong if they believe that the case signals any diminution of the Supreme Court's ongoing hostility to claims for infringement of the right to the free exercise of religion.  Indeed, the Hobby Lobby case was not a constitutional case at all.  It involved, rather, the interpretation of Congress's intent in passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).»
American Jews and Religious Freedom: Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Case | Douglas Aronin | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

Kol Tuv,

Wednesday 13 August 2014


Thanks to Phil Chudnofsky for sending this to us.
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Israel Holds the Free World's Destiny in Her Hands
These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us.

Giulio Meotti

Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:45 AM

The people of Israel are valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that Muslim killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time.

Even more valiant are the Israeli soldiers, who are now fighting inside Gaza, house by house, spied on by cruel eyes, hated by old and young, targeted by beheaders, longed for by their families. These lone Jews fighting in a long night hold the free world's destiny in their hands.

The world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.

These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us. It has been calculated that since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel. The Israelis are victimized and they are alone, abandoned by the world — now, just as then.

In the Second World War, hope didn't come from the Western avant garde, but from the Jews who rebelled against tyranny. The same is happening today

Open any Western newspaper and you will read about the trendy Israeli life under Hamas' rockets, life as usual, while the Arabs die. No mention of Israel as the most heavily bombed nation in the world. No mention of the trauma inflicted on two generations of Jewish children.

Israel is the first line of Western defense in the battle for non-Muslim survival and prosperity in the world. And now that the Jews are running for shelters and employing their brilliant Iron Dome, the world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.

For the UN, for the Christian bodies, for the White House, for the European Union, for the complacent public opinion and its journalistic sentinels, an independent Jewish State bearing the name “Israel,” with Jerusalem as its capital, a renewal of life in the land of the Bible, a vital Jewish people restored after 2,000 years to its own holy land, has raised unresolved questions and disturbing conclusions.

The Israelis are a very special people because they know how to live in the present and make this present worth living, while the West has drained its peoples' souls and made their lives meaningless, with only shallow-minded hedonism and materialism remaining. This is why Gentiles often hate the Jews.
The sagacious American author Eric Hoffer gave voice to the most tragic Holocaust-related 20th-century truth: "I have a premonition that will not leave me, as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us".

A peaceful and unique nation like Israel and its people have to resort to violent means to survive. My heart breaks for them.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

An Enlightened Muslim

Kol Tuv,

Getting Rich on Religion

The Jewish Standard:

Dear Rabbi,
I read about rabbis in Israel who offer cures, amulets, talismans and the like to their followers. They attend their followers' family events and give advice to businessmen. The rabbis receive fees for these services, and sometimes they are given lavish donations. Some of these rabbis have become quite rich; some are multimillionaires. Forbes has published a list of the richest Israeli rabbis. I personally think these guys are despicable con men who use religion to prey on vulnerable people in need of help. Shouldn't we do something to stop these people?

Raging over Rabbis in Randolph
For Rabbi Tzvee Zahavy's answer and full Talmudic Advice column:

Kol Tuv,

Monday 11 August 2014

Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict

Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict -


Why Europe Has Trouble Fighting Anti-Semitism – Tablet Magazine

Kol Tuv,

The Jewish Standard - Gratitude to Senator Robert Menendez

Senator Robert Menendez serves as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was instrumental in pushing funding for the Iron Dome missile-defense system through Congress.

He's New Jersey's senior U.S. senator, of course.

So as we listen to Israeli radio and nervously await the next report of missiles, we can know that we are not only listening to Israel's war. Through our US senator, and our government, we are helping to fight it.

And for that, senator, we are grateful. Thank you.

Original editorial:

Video: Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Asher Lopatin Wants Conversation amid Controversy.

«"A lot of the discussion has not been about the halachic merits of women doing this, but about tradition. Rav Schachter's voice is very important. He's a big gaon" — a genius. "Let's hear his arguments and discuss them.
"When a chasidic rebbe says something, you don't argue with him. When a rav" — that is, a non-chasidic rabbi, a Talmud scholar —"says something, you argue, you look at the sources," he said. "I hope that when there is change there are people who shry gevalt against it, because change should not be undertaken lightly. It needs to stand up to challenge.

Rabbi Lopatin's praise for Rabbi Schachter actually conceals a sharp dissent, because Rabbi Schachter rejects the idea that his rulings can be debated. In a ruling published this winter opposing "partnership minyans" — prayer groups that call women to the Torah and allow them to lead certain prayers — Rabbi Schachter began with a lengthy discussion of how only rare Torah giants should be allowed to rule on weighty matters, and he implied that even one of his best-known colleagues on the RIETS faculty did not pass muster in his eyes.»

As head of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, Rabbi Asher Lopatin wants conversation amid controversy.

Kol Tuv,

Sunday 10 August 2014

Which Agenda is More Virulently Anti-Semitic?

Nazi Platform:

Hamas Covenant:

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HuffPost: Israel-Gaza Conflict Puts Interfaith Relations To The Test By: Jaweed Kaleem

« When a group of Arab college students visiting New York met last week for a Ramadan iftar, they were greeted with an unexpected keynote speech.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, head of The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and the leader of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an interfaith-oriented nonprofit, had come by for what initially seemed simple and routine: Sharing about his religion and his belief in Muslim-Jewish friendship. Instead, he addressed the tension in the room full of Muslims, and the space between his views and theirs on Israel and Gaza, now on day 24 of fighting with more than 1,300 dead. Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire that begins Friday.

"I don't see an end to this conflict until more Muslims speak about against terror and evil in their midst," Schneier said in an interview, paraphrasing his speech at Nusantara, a Muslim-run charity, to students who hailed from Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Turkey.

Afterward, prominent New York mosque leader Imam Shamsi Ali, who was hosting the event, had his turn to speak. "I, too, blame Hamas," he said later, recalling his words, "but I also blame Israel, which has killed thousands of innocent lives."

That kind of polite back-and-forth is something she's only more recently learned to finesse through her interfaith experiences, said Chaudry, the former president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. "You get so committed to the echo chamber, that you don't even see what the narrative is in the other community," she said. "So how do you strategize about how to talk to them about what you believe is happening in Israel and Palestine? In some instances you stand firm, such as that the occupation must end."

During such conversations, Chaudry finds herself turning to words from Imam al-Shafi'i, a famed 9th century Muslim jurist. "I believe my opinion is right with the possibility that it is wrong," she quoted him, "and I believe the opinion of those who disagree with me is wrong with the possibility that it is right."
View the article here:

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Does this Violate Separation of Church and State!

Governor tells Iowans to 'repent' in official proclamation for Christian revival at Capitol

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

«NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invite all Iowans who choose to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble repentance according to II Chronicles 7:14 in favor of our state and nation to come together on July 14, 2014.»

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Friday 8 August 2014

No free speech for Israelis at Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Lawfare: PERFORMANCES by an Israeli theatre company have been cancelled at the Underbelly Fringe venue after just one day following protests over...

No free speech for Israelis at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 | News

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HAMAS Rockets

«Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz noted that since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas had used the territory as a staging ground for rocket attacks, launching more than 14,000 rockets and mortar bombs [it is not always possible to tell the two apart]. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, the IDF reported in 2014 that terrorists from the strip had fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. At the outset of the war in 2014, he estimated that the Hamas had about 10,000 rockets on hand. By the end of July 2014, he reported that some 2,600 had been fired, and another 3,000 had been destroyed by Israeli combat operations. Of the thousands of rockets launched by terrorists at Israel since July 8, by 30 July more than 280 had landed inside the Gaza Strip.

By comparison, in 2002, Israeli papers estimated that the HizbAllah had about 10,000 rockets. In his May 2005 "Resistance and Liberation Day" speech, Sheikh Nasrallah, the HizbAllah's charismatic leader, bragged about possessing "more than 12,000" rockets. A noted Israeli analyst disclosed that on the eve of HizbAllah's 2006 campaign, the HizbAllah had about 14,000 rockets, of which about 10,000 were "short-range" (i.e. with a range of 20 km or less).» 

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Thursday 7 August 2014

Is UNRWA Brainwashing Palestinian Kids in Anti-Semitism?

Video Shows Apparent Jihad Lesson At UNRWA School in Gaza | Fox News Insider

To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks -

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Palestine and Jordan

«On the other hand, the Jordanian army declared war on the Palestinians in 1970, killing 3,000 in a ten-day rampage which became known as Black September. The Jordanians feared a Palestinian take-over of their country, and reacted with force. Israel has consistently negotiated with the Palestinians, despite their violence.»

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Palestinian civilian casualties

«All Palestinian civilian casualties in this conflict result ultimately from Gaza terrorists' aggression against Israel, and Hamas's use of human shields — the most important plank of Hamas's war-fighting policy.

"So are you going after innocent civilians or is it incompetence Colonel Lerner?" asks the interviewer, her face contorted with a contempt apparently reserved only for Israelis. Such shrill disrespect hurled at an American or British officer would alienate viewers, and, at an Arab commander, provoke accusations of racism.

This line of questioning – repeated across the networks on a daily basis – betrays a naïve and uncomprehending willingness to believe, and encourages viewers to believe, the absurd notion that the Israel Defence Force [IDF] is commanded and manned from top to bottom by psychopathic baby-killing thugs.

To suggest that military incompetence is the only explanation for civilian deaths other than deliberate mass murder reveals a breathtaking but unsurprising ignorance of the realities of combat.»

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Wednesday 6 August 2014


On the Anniversary of Hiroshima, 6 August, 1945
consider how virtually every military victory is a result of a Disproportionate Response -

Attack on Pearl Harbor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 others were wounded during the attack

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.

Shalom and Best Regards,
כז צִיּוֹן, בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה;
וְשָׁבֶיהָ, בִּצְדָקָה.

Maccabeats Stand with Israel

The Jewish Standard:

A Hebrew song of prayer and comfort at #NYStandsWithIsrael, performed by the The Maccabeats.
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The Jewish Standard: Hareidim in Solidarity with IDF

The largest haredi (ultra-orthodox) hassidic groups in Israel have called off the Summer break, which usually runs from the Fast of the Tisha B'Av (Aug. 5) to the Hebrew month of Elul (Aug. 27), in solidarity with the Israel Defense Forces.

The Belz Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach said that "now is not the time for yeshiva students to go on vacations and hikes when soldiers are engaged in war and Israel's security situation is so severe, and emphasized the widespread belief in the haredi world that the merit of Torah study provides spiritual and even physical protection for the Jewish people."

The large Gur, Belz, Viznitz and Sanz hassidic groups, among others, are all expected to cancel the usual summer vacation activities for students, and maintain a substantial study program in yeshivas.

(Photo: Nir Elias)

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Tuesday 5 August 2014

Islamic terrorism is a form of terrorism[1] committed by Muslims.

In trying to complete a list of Islamic- Inspired Violence since the year 2000. The number of hits simply crashed the memory of my smartphone!

Islamic terrorism is a form of terrorism[1] committed by Muslims. Islamic terrorism has occurred globally, including in India, Africa, Australia, Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, South America, The Caucasus, The Pacific and North America. Islamic organizations have been known to engage in tactics including suicide attacks, bombings, spree killings, hijackings, kidnappings and recruiting new members through the Internet.


18 April 1983 - 1983 United States embassy bombing 63 killed, 120 wounded.

23 October 1983 - 1983 Beirut barracks bombing 305 killed, 75 wounded.

26 February 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, New York City. Six killed.

13 March 1993 – 1993 Bombay bombings. Mumbai, India. 250 dead, 700 injured.

28 July 1994 – Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vehicle suicide bombing attack against AMIA building, the local Jewish community representation. 85 dead, more than 300 injured.

24 December 1994 – Air France Flight 8969 hijacking in Algiers by three members of Armed Islamic Group of Algeria and another terrorist. Seven killed, including the hijackers.

25 June 1996 – Khobar Towers bombing, 20 killed, 372 wounded.

17 November 1997 – Luxor attack, six terrorists attack tourists at Egypts famous Luxor Ruins. 68 foreign tourists killed.

14 February 1998 – Bombing in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 13 bombs explode within a 12 km radius. 46 killed and over 200 injured.

7 August 1998 – 1998 United States embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. 224 dead. 4000+ injured.

4 September 1999 – A series of bombing attacks in several cities of Russia, nearly 300 killed.

12 October 2000 – Attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.

11 September 2001 – Four planes hijacked and crashed into World Trade Center, The Pentagon and into a field in Shanksville by 19 hijackers. 2,977 killed and over 6,000 injured.[202]

13 December 2001 – Suicide attack on Indian parliament in New Delhi by Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organizations, Jaish-E-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba. Aimed at eliminating the top leadership of India and causing anarchy in the country. 7 dead, 12 injured.

27 March 2002 – Suicide bomb attack on a Passover Seder in a Hotel in Netanya, Israel. 30 dead, 133 injured.

30 March 2002 and 24 November 2002 - Attacks on the Hindu Raghunath temple, India. Total 25 dead.

24 September 2002 – Machine gun attack on Hindu temple in Ahmedabad, India. 31 dead, 86 injured.[203][204]

12 October 2002 – Bombing in Bali nightclub. 202 killed, 300 injured.[205]

16 May 2003 – Casablanca Attacks – Four simultaneous attacks in Casablanca killing 33 civilians (mostly Moroccans) carried by Salafia Jihadia.

11 March 2004 – Multiple bombings on trains near Madrid, Spain. 191 killed, 1460 injured (alleged link to Al-Qaeda).

1 September 2004 - Beslan school hostage crisis, approximately 344 civilians including 186 children killed.[206][207]

2 November 2004 – The murder of Theo van Gogh (film director) by Amsterdam-born jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri.[208]

5 July 2005 - Attack at the Hindu Ram temple at Ayodhya, India; one of the most holy sites of Hinduism. 6 dead.

7 July 2005 – Multiple bombings in London Underground. 53 killed by four suicide bombers. Nearly 700 injured.

23 July 2005 – Bomb attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort city, at least 64 people killed.
29 October 2005 – 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings, India.

7 March 2006 – 2006 Varanasi bombings, India. A series of attacks in the Sankatmochan Hanuman temple and Cantonment Railway Station in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. 28 killed and over 100 injured.[213]

11 July 2006 – 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Mumbai, India; a series of seven bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai. 209 killed and over 700 injured.

14 August 2007 – Qahtaniya bombings: Four suicide vehicle bombers massacred nearly 800 members of northern Iraq's Yazidi sect in the deadliest Iraq war's attack to date.

26 July 2008 – 2008 Ahmedabad bombings, India. Islamic terrorists detonate at least 21 explosive devices in the heart of this industrial capital, leaving at least 56 dead and 200 injured. A Muslim group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen claims responsibility. Indian authorities believe that extremists with ties to Pakistan and/or Bangladesh are likely responsible and are intent on inciting communal violence.[214] Investigation by Indian police led to the eventual arrest of a number of terrorists suspected of carrying out the blasts, most of whom belong to a well-known terrorist group, the Students Islamic Movement of India.[215]

13 September 2008 – Bombing series in Delhi, India. Pakistani extremist groups plant bombs at several places including India Gate, out of which the ones at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash explode leaving around 30 people dead and 130 injured, followed by another attack two weeks later at the congested Mehrauli area, leaving 3 people dead.

26 November 2008 – Muslim extremists kill at least 174 people and wound numerous others in a series of coordinated attacks on India's largest city and financial capital, Mumbai. The government of India blamed Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and stated that the terrorists killed/caught were citizens of Pakistan, a claim which the Pakistani government has refused. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists, was caught alive.[216][217]

25 October 2009. Baghdad, Iraq. During a terrorist attack, two bomber vehicles detonated in the Green Zone, killing at least 155 people and injuring 520.

28 October 2009 – Peshawar, Pakistan. A car bomb is detonated in a woman exclusive shopping district, and over 110 killed and over 200 injured.

3 December 2009 – Mogadishu, Somalia. A male suicide bomber disguised as a woman detonates in a hotel meeting hall. The hotel was hosting a graduation ceremony for local medical students when the blast went off, killing four government ministers as well as other civilians.[218]

1 January 2010 – Lakki Marwat, Pakistan. A suicide car bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a volleyball pitch as people gathered to watch a match killing more than 100 people.[219]

1 May 2010 - New York, New York, USA. Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic Pakistani American who received U.S. citizenship in December 2009, attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square working with the Pakistani Taliban or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

13 May 2011 - Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed attacks on two mosques

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Ron-Ami Meyers - Shiur Central on Tisha B'Av

Based upon R Netanel Wiederblank's article in this edition of Tisha B'av To-Go

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Monday 4 August 2014

Eliav Shochetman: “He Who is Compassionate to the Cruel Will Ultimately Become Cruel to the Compassionate”

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Dutch Orchestra walks out!

"Dutch Orchestra walks out!

Well done to the Dutch Orchestra!

Dutch Orchestral Concert Staged Friday, 9 May, 2014

Queen Beatrix of Holland attends an orchestral concert. 
The conductor, who is Muslim, proceeds to give the Queen 
a lecture on the "beauty" of Islam.

Then the members of the orchestra stage a walkout!! 
Great to see people with the courage of their 

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Pakistani Facebook blasphemy case sparks mob riot, 3 killed Published time: July 28, 2014 11:29

«Two children and their grandmother, who belonged to a religious sect, have been killed in Pakistan by an Islamist mob, after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook. Four others are in a critical condition.

A seven-year-old girl, Hira, her baby sister Kainat, and their 55 year-old grandmother, Bashiran Bibi, were killed, after their homes were set on fire, the Ahmadiyya Times reports. The three family members were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.»
Pakistani Facebook blasphemy case sparks mob riot, 3 killed — RT News

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Sunday 3 August 2014

Senator Rubio: There's a Cease-Fire When Hamas Ceases to Exist


Shalom and Best Regards,

"A wise man changes his mind, a fool never" ~Spanish Proverb

No Jews? No News!

Let's begin the campaign
No Jews?
No News!
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office has stopped updating the death toll from Syria's civil war, confirming Tuesday that it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July. Ru...
BEIRUT, Feb 15 (Reuters) - More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria's uprising-turned-civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The pro-opposition Observatory said t...

We flood the media with all of the various travesties currently happening; including EG
Russia / Ukraine
We even mention the brutal occupation of Tibet.
Then we run a persistent talking point headline
"No Jews - No News!"
Meaning all the sick things going on in the world merit no attention because there is no way to connect it to making Us Jews look bad.
Blog it, Post it, op-ed it.
Expose the media and their followers as having a persistent Anti-Semitic agenda instead and not the "Humantirian Agenda" they use as a fig leaf to hide their hatred.

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UN Hijacked by Hypocrisy and Cynicism

The Jewish Standard:
It's difficult to know what to make of the United Nations' condemnation of Israel's defensive actions, when it seems to obvious that this war, finally, is one that the free world should be able to understand. This video attempts to explain the current state of the United Nations.

Former deputy-Foreign Minister and Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon produced this video, explaining, "Hypocrisy and cynicism have taken over the United Nations, the delegitimization perpetrators and Israel boycotters take advantage of the UN's image as an advocate of human rights in order to pass anti-Israeli resolutions which attempt to isolate Israel. It is important to spread the truth that the UN has been transformed into a political arena by undemocratic states who trample on human rights, and UN resolutions must be treated accordingly."
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Hamas terror tunnels have been discovered in Hebron

"Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the guiltless poor; you did not find them breaking in through tunnels. Yet in spite of all these things you say, 'I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me.' Behold, I will bring you to judgment for saying, 'I have not sinned.'" (Jeremiah 2:34-35)

Hamas terror tunnels have been discovered in more places than just underground Gaza.  Last month, during Operation Brothers Keeper in search of the three kidnapped teens, the elite engineering unit ...

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Friday 1 August 2014

Rabbinical association donates cell-phone battery packs so IDF soldiers can call home

Rabbinical association donates cell-phone battery packs so IDF soldiers can call home | JPost | Israel News

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Re: Exposing the Fig Leaf Covering Anti-Semitism - 3: Victor Khabie's Rebuttal

Courtesy of R Eli Kohl -
«Thanks, Mr. Horton, for your continued willingness to discuss with me this matter.  I appreciate your engagement and the seriousness of the matter at hand for the world community.

In your reply, in which you provided a litany of Palestinian grievances, I'm afraid that you've missed my point (and, indeed THE point) by failing to separate the message from the forum in which it was delivered.

Expressing the points of view contained in your article in LANCET seems contrary to the express mission of the publication.  In particular, LANCET's is supposed to be a publication that is "independent, without affiliation to a medical or scientific organization [that] seek[s] to publish high-quality clinical trials that will alter medical practice…" The mission further asserts that LANCET is committed to "critical appraisal of research".

I wonder what research you've done, from a medical perspective, upon all unfortunate souls caught up in this tragedy.  An article that is written without fealty to the point of view of one combatant group, that is truly independent, would not focus solely upon the adverse effects of warfare on that one combatant group.  If, as the LANCET editor, you truly exhibited "a zeal to counter the forces that undermine the values of medicine, be they political, social, or commercial", you would have been forced to take into consideration all of the human aspects of this terrible tragedy. However, your article does not address the psychological impact on a population that has been shelled over 2,000 times over the last two weeks by a terrorist organization which, as part of its charter, vows to wipe Israel off the map. Which also targets civilians and has detonated numerous suicide bombs over the years.
Such a one-sided article is like writing about a very sick patient in the ICU with multi-system organ failure and focusing on just his renal insufficiency. If you where a specialist (a nephrologist, say), that is all you would focus on.  But if, you were the critical care specialist in charge of that patient's well being, you would focus on the whole patient, not just his kidneys. You are just focusing on one part of this tragic situation while disregarding the events leading up to it. Disregarding rockets being hidden in civilian areas, hidden in UN facilities, in hospitals and schools. As an issue of national security, the tunnels must not only be destroyed, but the ability to create new tunnels must also be neutralized. I could go on and on.....
Reed Elsevier, LANCET's owner, asserts in its mission statement that it helps "scientists make new discoveries…[and] doctors save lives". Choosing to serve as a Western proxy for a contested point of view certainly does not align with that mission.

You've brushed your political point of view with the patina of free expression.  The phrase "freedom of speech" is not to be taken lightly in a country governed by the First Amendment and isn't a silver bullet for the validation of unexamined and one-sided points of view. As I suggested at the beginning of this note, you've confused the message with the forum.  Even our Supreme Court has recognized that the manner, place and time of expression are relevant optics for analyzing whether or not speech can be regulated.  One can't shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater on a lark when there's no fire and escape liability for the physical harm caused by the resulting stampede by shrugging their shoulders while weakly uttering "hey, free speech man".   
The forum IS relevant and LANCET is not the forum for one-sided political speech.

I trust that we both find racism odious.   I also trust that we'd recognize a racist's free speech rights on a soap box in Hyde Park.  But, we'd also both be troubled by their expression, couched in medical jargon, in LANCET. And for this reason, I find that LANCET's legitimacy and credibility are at risk. Certainly, I won't be able to continue to read a medical publication that does not apply equal rigor to all that it chooses to publish.
Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS, FACS
Somers Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group

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