By Avi Lipkin/Victor Mordecai In 1964, as a 15-year-old Jewish American youth living in New York, I had the honor of receiving two letters from Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion. His hand-written letters were in response to two…
By Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency The saga began fifteen years ago, when an Arab family erected a tent, illegally, near the archeological site of the ancient town of Sussiya in the Hebron area. As time passed the tent became…
Just hours after the announcement that President Obama would visit Israel, the U.S. ambassador in Tel Aviv, Daniel Shapiro, gave several interviews to Israeli media. To Israeli Army radio Shapiro said “We have a very complex agenda about Iran, Syria and the need to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, so it’s important to
begin as fast as possible.”
Perhaps before Team Obama attempts to compel Israel to create a second hostile Islamist terror statelet along yet another border (to match the Gazan terror statelet) they should tour around a little bit, you know, to get a sense of the place. Here’s a list of eight places they should visit in Israel that will help them to develop a more accurate picture of the struggle to build the Jewish State.
Acre Prison is where Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky and his comrades were imprisoned by the British in 1920 for defending Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem from Arab rioters. Later the British imprisoned Irgun and Stern Group (LEHI) underground fighters in Acre. Several fighters were executed there by the British. The prison is perhaps best known for the escape of dozens of fighters during an underground raid that was depicted in Leon Uris’s novel Exodus and the subsequent movie.
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Israel has taken a stand against suffering through a review by a council that commends Syria and demonizes its southern neighbor.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu at UN Photo: REUTERS
Just days after the UN put on a show about Holocaust remembrance, it is business as usual in terms of demonizing and encouraging hatred of Jews in the present. In Geneva, the UN’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, is conducting its so-called “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR), and Israel was supposed to arrive before the firing squad on January 29 to listen to Iran itemize the failings of “the Zionist entity.” The greater tragedy of modern anti-Semitism, however, is that the United States and almost every other Western government pressured Israel to participate too – for the sake of the reputation of the UN and the appearance of universality. These goals were considered to be the greater good.
In the world of international human rights, the standard-bearer is the universal application of human rights principles. “We the peoples of the United Nations,” says the UN Charter, “reaffirm faith…in the equal rights…of nations large and small.” Hence, the UN Human Rights “Council,” desperate to repair the UN’s human rights credibility after Libya was elected President of the Human Rights “Commission,” created the much-trumpeted UPR. All 193 UN members undergo the same procedure – states like Syria and the United States, for example.
During the UPR, country representatives turn up in Geneva while diplomats from other states proceed to make comments and recommendations on improving the country’s human rights record. Since the country can “accept” or “reject” those recommendations, it is in its interest to line up friendly participants, a disingenuous role willingly played only by rogue states. At the end, the President of the Council thanks the country concerned, regardless of the statements made by its representatives, the recommendations it has rejected, or its actual human rights record.
The Syrian army’s chief of staff threatens his country will respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike “when the time is right.”
By Elad Benari
Syria will respond to the “Zionist aggression” at the appropriate time which it will decide, the Syrian army’s chief of staff threatened on Thursday night. According to a report on Channel 2 News, General Ali Abdullah Ayub made the comments as he visited with various field units of the Syrian army. He was referring to the alleged Israeli airstrike on a Syrian site which may have been involved in manufacturing chemical and biological weapons. Meanwhile, reported Channel 2, the Syrian government convened a special meeting in Damascus during which its defense minister updated the cabinet about the attack and the damage that was caused to the facility that was hit. “We will not show weakness in the face of the attempted provocation of our enemies,” Ayub was quoted as having told the Syrian fighters, adding, “We are aware of the dimensions of the challenge with which we are dealing, as well as of our capabilities. We will use those capabilities whenever we decide to do so. As commander of this army, I can say that it was a serious error to test our strength.” The Syrian chief of staff accused Israel of operating “terrorist groups” in his country and said that “there is a close tie between the Zionists and the gangs responsible for the systematic murder our people.”
He added, “Our struggle with the Zionist enemy continues and will never end, but we have the ability to respond to the schemes it is concocting.”
by Moshe Phillips
With the passing of Yitzhak Shamir we are seeing the near end of an era. How many individuals that could truly be considered among the founders of the State of Israel are left. Only a handful. Besides Shimon Peres and Moshe Arens there are not many members of the Jewish State’s founding generation whose names are easily recognizable to the international community.
Shamir’s involvement in leadership roles in the Zionist movement spanned nearly his entire adult life: underground fighter, intelligence officer, Soviet Jewry activist, politician, statesman and Prime Minister. Shamir was all of these and much more.
Shamir dedicated his life to the realization of the Zionist dreams of Theodor Herzl and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Almost no other figure in Israeli history had a career that made such an impact on so many different crucial episodes in Israel’s development.
Yet, did the public ever really get to know the real Yitzhak Shamir?
Hashava Company embarks on campaign in US, Canada to find inheritors of more than 60,000 assets unclaimed after World War II
The Hashava Company, established by the Knesset to locate heirs of Holocaust victims entitled to assets currently held in Israel, has embarked on a campaign in the United States and Canada to find rightful heirs of more than 60,000 unclaimed Holocaust assets.
Thousands of Jews across Europe invested in pre-state Israel before World War II. Those proud Zionists believed in the dream of a Jewish state, so they opened bank accounts and bought stocks, bonds and real estate. Many tragically perished at the hands of the Nazis.
By Moshe Phillips Isn’t it nice how the mainstream media ignores Gore Vidal’s long record of vicious anti-Israel & anti-Semitic statements in their coverage of his death?
The Nation and others on the left aren’t ignoring it though… They appear proud.
By 2010 even Christopher Hitchens realized that Vidal was an extremist and stated so in a February 2010 article in Vanity Fair titled “Vidal Loco.” Hitchens related that there was a time that Vidal had “a very, very minor tendency to bring up the Jewish question in contexts where it didn’t quite belong.” Something changed thought Hitchens. Vidal’s 9/11 conspiracy theories — also getting no substantial mention in the mainstream media — are the subject of “Vidal Loco” and the article can be found here: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/02/hitchens-201002. Note that Hitchens also mentions Vidal’s attacks on William F. Buckley and others he sparred with after their deaths.
But it is Vidal’s use of terms like pro-Israel conservative commentators Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter as “Fifth Columnists (Israeli division)” and other supporters of Israel as “Zionist fellow travellers” that caused many to label him an anti-Semite.
See (one of) Podhoretz’s response to Vidal here: http://www.paulbogdanor.com/antisemitism/vidal.pdf
See The Nation’s silly defense of Gore Vidal’s anti-Semitism here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/169182/remembering-gore-vidal
When they say at the end of their piece about Vidal “We won’t have another like him.” A sane response must be: Thank Goodness.
IDF set to remove word ‘God’ from text recited at army memorialsExpected army panel’s recommendation comes after dispute centered around whether ‘May God remember’ or ‘May the nation of Israel remember’ be used. By Gili Cohen IDF chief Benny Gantz arriving at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, April 24, 2012. Photo by Michal Fattal Text size Comments (11) Print Page Send to friend Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share this story is byGili Cohen related tagsJewish world Jewish holidays Ehud Barak IDF This year’s main Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo by Michal Fattal related articlesGantz puts Yizkor debate into general’s hands By Amos Harel | May.17,2012 | 1:03 AM Defense officials plan to recommend that the Yizkor text that was the subject of a dispute last year be officially included in Memorial Day services at military cemeteries.
The dispute centered around whether the words “Yizkor Elohim” (“May God remember” ) or “Yizkor Am Yisrael” (“May the nation of Israel remember” ) should be used. In the end, the second version won out.
The decision to officially recommend the text was made after the text – either version – was omitted from many Memorial Day ceremonies this year, apparently due to confusion after last year’s debate.
Though the Yizkor text for fallen soldiers is modeled after the traditional Yizkor memorial prayer, it is not a prayer, but a text penned by Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson in the 1920s. It was never a required element in military memorial services, though it was read at many services.
by Moshe Phillips:
“One early revelation (to me) was that there were two main, separate Jewish organizations — and a couple of minor ones — fighting the Nazis in the (Warsaw) ghetto, based on the left- and right-wing loyalties of the Zionist youth organizations of the time. Apparently, to this day, adherents of these ideologies are loath to credit the “other” side with its contributions to the battle.”
The day before Tugend’s words appeared, a book with the title “Stern: The Man and His Gang,” by Zev Golan came out. Tugend’s words apply just as appropriately to the history of the Hagana, Palmach, Irgun and LEHI in their fight against the British in the land of Israel.
For decades Israel’s left-leaning academic establishment in Israel, as well as Jewish educators in the United States, have tried to minimize the impact the Irgun and LEHI had on London’s decision to end the British Mandate. The LEHI’s story is finally getting the fair treatment it was denied for far too long