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Reader Jeanette sent us news of this sweet story:
Thank you to all of you who donated your Halloween costumes. They have arrived in Hadera, Israel just in time for Purim. As you can see from the pictures below – the costumes have made a lot of kids very happy!
The community held a “costume bazaar” where kids could come by and pick out the costumes (that you donated)! It was a great event- and we hope you enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces as much as we do!
Nearly a quarter of Hadera’s residents are immigrants from Ethiopia.
With vacant sockets and jaws agape, they stare at you like the skulls of the dead. They are 9,000-year-old masks found in the Judean Desert and Hills, and they are going on display for the first time next week at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Opening ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which is traditionally celebrated with masquerade, “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” features 12 limestone cult masks from the Neolithic Age that have never been displayed together before.
Weighing in at one or two kilograms apiece, each of the artifacts represents a oval visage with glaring ocular cavities, toothy maws, and a set of holes along the outer edge. They were likely painted in antiquity, but only one has remnants of pigment. Each of the 12 is unique, and possibly depicts individuals. Some of the faces are old, others appear younger. One is a miniature, the size of a brooch. They may represent ancestors venerated as part of an early Stone Age religion.
“It is important to say that these are not living people, these are spirits,” said Dr. Debby Hershman, curator of prehistoric cultures at the Israel Museum, who organized the exhibit. She was reluctant to place a mask from the exhibit over her face out of reverence for bygone traditions.
The people who created this artwork were among the first humans to abandon nomadic life and establish permanent settlements. Because the masks predate writing by at least 3,500 years, there is no record of their usage. Based on years of attribute analysis of their iconography, however, Hershman believes that the carved limestone masks were used as part of an ancestor cult, and that shamans or tribal chiefs wore the masks during a ritual masquerade honoring the deceased.
The 12 masks will be on display from March 11 until September 13 in the Israel Museum’s archaeology wing. In keeping with the Neolithic theme, Snyder compared the display to England’s Stonehenge. Twelve glass pillars arranged in a circle will hold the masks at eye level so visitors can see them from all angles.
“They are timeless treasures, priceless,” said Hershman.
So they are. And so is this map of where they were found.
You’re damn right it’s Israel. Nice job, Daily Mail.
Stay a while, why don’t you?
Nine Ukrainian Jews injured by gunfire during fighting in Kiev were flown to Israel Friday afternoon to receive crucial medical treatment.
The wounded, who are said to be in serious condition, were taken to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
The head of the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry, Alexander Levin, said that Kiev’s central synagogue functioned as an emergency triage center late into Thursday night, while efforts to transfer the wounded were being coordinated, according to Israel Radio.
Ukraine’s Jews have found themselves in a tense predicament since the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych late last month. But the community, which numbers over 100,000, has been largely supportive of Ukrainian nationalists against a subsequent military invasion of Crimea by Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to cast Ukrainian nationalists as anti-Semites and neo-Nazis, in what has been described by many Ukrainian Jews as a disinformation campaign meant to turn world opinion against the country’s fledgling government.
An attack on a synagogue last week in Crimea has been used by Russia to back up its assertions, but Jewish leaders in Ukraine maintain that anti-Semitism is not on the rise.
Rather they say:
“Your certainty about the growth of anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which you expressed at your press conference, also does not correspond to the actual facts,” wrote the group. “Perhaps you got Ukraine confused with Russia, where Jewish organizations have noticed growth in anti-Semitic tendencies last year.”
Like I know what’s going on. I’m sure there’s antisemitism in Ukraine—there’s antisemitism in France, Britain, Ireland, and Greece (to name but a few), for crissakes, why should Ukraine be any different? But for Putin to say Russia had to intervene to save the Jews… stop it.
Reader Jeanette sent us this graphic from the IDF:
I’m not sure why the lying ayatollahs took such a circuitous route. Doubtless to throw off the scent.
The world will see the Iranian leaders for the liars that they are when the captured ship Iran sent to the Gaza Strip with Syrian missiles arrives in Eilat in the coming days, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
“The government in Iran says that everything is lies,” Netanyahu said after visiting the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. “In another few days, the ship will arrive in Eilat, and we will see who is the liar. We will reveal before the whole world the true face of Iran.”
“Did you ever hear about Iran sending a humanitarian delegation overseas? No?” Netanyahu said during his speech. “You know why? You know why you haven’t heard anything about that? Because the only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim and menace the innocent.”
Netanyahu, wrapping up his five-day visit to the US at the Museum of Tolerance, said that while there, he had seen the letter Hitler wrote calling for the destruction of the Jews.
“Iran today is calling for the destruction of Israel,” he said. “Then there were also those who did not want to believe. We take them seriously. When someone says they want to destroy the Jews, take them seriously, prepare, and warn the world,” he said.
Good advice. We will.
Must be something in the water over there—WHICH THEY STEAL FROM THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE OF PALEST… never mind.
The first Ethiopian-born woman to be crowned Miss Israel, Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, bid farewell to her crown Tuesday evening and handed it over to the winner of the 2014 beauty pageant, 18-year-old Mor Maman of Beersheba.
Maman, who studies computer graphics, will soon enlist with the Israel Air Force. She comes from a family of beautiful women: Her mother, Ilana Maman, was once crowned Miss Beersheba.
“Participating in the Miss Israel contest is a dream come true for me,” she said when she registered for the competition.
The beautiful Maman grew up as an overweight child. “Following the overweight, I began developing health problems,” she said. “At the age of 13, while my parents were in Morocco for two months, I decided I wanted to be like everyone else. No one could stop me. For two months I mainly ate salads, did a lot of physical activity and lost 30 kilos as a result. I have not been overweight since then. I taught myself to eat right, and I exercise a lot.
Michelle Obama will love her. Maybe she can lean on her old man to lay off Israel.
Notice how CNN uses scare quotes around descriptions of Arab terrorism:
The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday it intercepted an Iranian shipment of “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” operating in Gaza. [Perhaps the weapons weren't advanced? Or does CNN think that Hamas is not a terrorist organization? Maybe we should invite Hamas to move in next door to the editor at CNN? - Aggie]
The Israeli navy stopped a Panamanian-flagged civilian cargo ship and boarded the vessel, the IDF said.
The weapons found were identified as Syrian-manufactured surface-to-surface rockets, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.
It was an Iranian shipment headed for Gaza, the IDF said, citing intelligence. Iran offered no immediate comment on the incident.
The boarding took place in international waters about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of Eilat, Israel, between Sudan and Eritrea in the Red Sea, Lerner said.
Asked why Iran didn’t try to send its own missiles to Gaza, the IDF spokesman said Tehran was doing everything possible to cover up its role in the shipment of weapons.
“The IDF will continue to operate against the Iranian attempts to arm regional terrorist organizations, who intend to continuously ignite our borders,” Lerner said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the weapons shipment was organized by Iran.
“At a time when it is talking to the major powers, Iran smiles and says all sorts of nice things, the same Iran is sending deadly weapons to terrorist organizations and is doing so via a ramified network of secret operations in order to send rockets, missiles and other deadly weapons that will be used to harm innocent citizens,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Perhaps when the IDF figures out exactly where the weapons originated from, they could send a shipment of weapons – or simply fire weapons – into that area? They could arm the Syrian rebels or simply add to the chaos. Not that Israel would ever so anything like that, but eventually one wonders why they don’t.
A massive gas explosion was narrowly averted Tuesday morning after residents of Armon Hanatziv reported high concentrations of leaking gas and subsequently discovered two deliberately severed gas lines to their building, police said.
According to a police spokesman, upon smelling the odorous gas several residents promptly contacted officers who arrived within minutes along with Magen David Adom and firefighting units to prevent an imminent and deadly blast.
“The pipes were intentionally cut which caused extreme danger, so police evacuated three buildings in the area and shut off the gas supply,” the police official said shortly after the incident.
“Thankfully, we managed to prevent an explosion.”
While stopping short of conclusively deeming the crime a terrorist attack, the official said police are investigating a number of possibilities to determine the motivation behind it.
“This was very suspicious and a special investigation unit is investigating all possible directions,” the spokesperson said. “There would have been an explosion within minutes if the gas was not shut down.”
I’m at the point of believing in an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Israelis should randomly and secretly select three apartment buildings in Palestinian areas and sever the gas lines. Maybe they’ll be lucky enough to catch it in time, maybe not.
Finally! Obama and Kerry aren’t taking this act of naked aggression lying down.
According to reports, Obama plans to “forcefully and directly” press Netanyahu to accept major elements of the negotiation framework Secretary of State John Kerry is developing. According to sources, the framework agreement will state that the capital of the Palestinian state will be eastern Jerusalem, and in exchange, there will be Palestinian concessions in other matters, including borders and refugees. There will be no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to the reports.
Obama will also press Netanyahu to declare a building freeze in Judea and Samaria, telling him that continued construction would “make it difficult for the U.S. to defend Israel in international forums,” a report on Israel Radio said Monday.
That sounds like a threat, doesn’t it? Netanyahu might need to get his hearing checked:
Before leaving for the U.S. Sunday night, Netanyahu said that there would be no building freeze.
“I will stand steadfast on the State of Israel’s vital interests, especially the security of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said. “In recent years the State of Israel has been under various pressures. We have rejected them in the face of the unprecedented storm and unrest in the region and are maintaining stability and security. This is what has been and what will be.”
Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, who is in the U.S., said that the Prime Minister was prepared for a frank discussion with the President, but that Netanyahu needed to remain steadfast in his defense of Israel. “We cannot outsource our defense to the U.S. or anyone else,” said Bennett. “The only way to peace is through ensuring our security.”
Sounds like Israel has the right men on the job.
PS: What kind of deal does Kerry think he’s offering? The Arabs get half of Jerusalem, territory, and doesn’t have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state—and Israel gets… what? [Bleep] that. I wouldn’t even [bleep] on a deal like that.
Yes, Israel. Mind very much:
CBS News reports that Obama administration officials want an end to the targeted killings, believed by many to be the work of Mossad, in order to give diplomatic negotiations with Iran a chance to succeed.
The United States is reportedly pressuring Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, a number of whom have been mysteriously killed in a campaign thought to be carried out by Mossad.
According to CBS News, Obama administration officials have communicated to Israeli intelligence their wish for a cessation of the targeting of scientists in order to allow diplomatic negotiations aimed at rolling back Iran’s nuclear program to take their course.
While Israel has never officially acknowledged that it was behind the killings, it is widely believed that Mossad agents carried out the hits in an effort to slow down Iran’s nuclear development as well as to deter the country’s top scientific minds from cooperating with the government’s clandestine weapons program.
If Israel is behind the mysterious spontaneous combustion of Iranian scientists (were they behind the the same epidemic of drummers in Spinal Tap?), why shouldn’t the Obama regime use that to its advantage? Why give it up before negotiations begin?
What this most arrogant of administrations termed “smart power” is really just stooge power. They have been played for saps by blowhards and dictators over and over for five years. One of these days, someone’s going to get hurt.
A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.
The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.”
The Illinois DOI conducts background checks on navigators. National Review Online obtained the comprehensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background report for Odeh, which does not note any past criminal offenses.
Understand? Illinois was trying to check out the “folks” they hire for this, but the FBI gave them a report which failed to mention that she had planted a bomb in a candy box in a grocery store and successfully killed two people. How could that happen?
Hmmm. Apparently she spend 10 years in an Israeli prison for a sentence of “life”. She was traded in one of those prisoner exchange programs. She then lied on her immigration papers. Our government can prosecute this and put her away for 10 years and then revoke her citizenship. Or they can give her a job at the State Department. Any bets?
When we’ve covered the story of poor sweet little Adele Biton, the toddler grievously injured by rock-throwing Arabs, we’ve done so with a tinge of optimism. She seemed to be getting better after her coma and long stay in a rehabilitation hospital.
Then we saw this story that things were not so rosy.
Ten months ago, Adelle Biton, then two years old, was riding in her family’s car along with her mother and two of her three older sisters. Suddenly, the family was ambushed by a group of Palestinian Arab men, who hurled heavy rocks at the car – hitting baby Adelle, and causing a crash that injured the other girls as well.
Adelle was left critically wounded, and spent months in a coma. However, half a year after the attack doctors were optimistic, saying Adelle had made a remarkable recovery and was expected to make further progress.
Sadly, the expected improvement in her condition did not come to pass. Now, staff at Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Ra’anana say there is nothing more they can do for the badly handicapped young girl – and have told her parents to take her home.
“We didn’t choose for [Adelle] to be in this situation. It’s hard enough for us already. We expect the government to help us,” a relative said.
“The family’s home in Yakir is not set up for Adelle yet, not in terms of access, and more importantly, not in terms of the necessary medical equipment,” they warned.
The family turned to MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home), who has helped them get support from the Health Ministry.
Muallem sent a letter to the Health Ministry warning that Adelle faces immediate release from the hospital “despite agreements,” and that the family does not have what it needs to help her.
Health Ministry officials issued a statement saying that ministry staff will work to help the Biton family prepare to care for Adelle, “and to promote understanding between the hospital and the family regarding the date of release.”
Parents Rafi and Adva Biton declined to be interviewed for the report.
I have no doubt that the Biton family will receive the resources it needs to care for Adele for the rest of her life, should they need to. But I suggest that Israel deduct the money from any taxes collected on behalf of the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
[F]ollowing discussions between COGAT and the International aid agencies operating in Gaza, the transfer of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing will continue tomorrow. This includes 1.2 million liters of gas: 800,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation, and 400,000 liters of diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, and another 200 tons of household gas.
Earlier today two Palestinian ambulances were rescued by IDF forces of the Judea Territorial Brigade after getting stuck in the snow on road 35 near Hebron. Another rescue mission by the Shomron Territorial Brigade took place on road 60 near Ramallah, as a Red Crescent emergency vehicle was unable to continue driving.
You never hear these stories in the press (though you do here); nor about the atrocity committed on a two-year-old girl.
Yet Israel announces the building of new houses for a growing population (thanks to a high fertility rate among Jews in Israel), and you’d think they had shelled a kindergarten. Which is what the Gazan Arabs do—but you get my point.
Adele and all the other victims of Arab terror could live as lavishly as Saddam Hussein or the recently deposed Ukraine scumbag, Victor Sonofabitch, off the proceeds of this criminal regime. If they have enough money for Qassam and Grad missiles, they can cover her physical, occupational, and speech therapies.