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Judenrein Jerusalem Watch

Sorry, Arabs, but “Next year in Passaic” just doesn’t have the right ring to it:

Arab rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after Jewish families moved in, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Kfar Shiloach neighborhood (known as Silwan in Arabic) late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

No serious damage was caused and no arrests were made.

Arrests? What for? Just kids blowing off steam. And smoke.

You don’t need to light a fuse to eliminate Jews from Jerusalem:

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the PA law against selling property to Israeli Jews Tuesday, following recent successful efforts by Jewish NGOs to reclaim parts of Jerusalem where former Jewish communities where expelled.

According to the new legislation, any Palestinian Arabs involved in renting, selling or facilitating real estate transactions with citizens of “hostile countries” in any way would receive life imprisonment and hard-labor, according to Wafa news agency.

The previous law “only” sentenced those found guilty to life imprisonment.

Why would Abbas want a state when he can just change the law on a whim? L’état, c’est lui. Unless he learned that from Obama.

Last, but certainly not least:

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is pressing Israel not to pass a bill allowing Jews to exercise their religious rights and pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, a senior official of the Hashemite kingdom revealed on Tuesday.

Jordanian Ambassador to “Palestine” Khalid al-Shawabka told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that a bill proposed by MK Miri Regev (Likud) dividing prayer time at the Mount, as is done in Hevron’s Cave of Machpelah, is “unacceptable,” calling the Al-Aqsa Mosque (often used as a euphemism for the entire Temple Mount) and Jerusalem “red lines.”

Jews can’t buy houses in Jerusalem; they can’t live in them once they do buy them; and they can’t pray at the site of their (razed—twice) holiest shrine in their faith—which happens to be located in, you guessed it, Jerusalem.

And John Kerry blames Israel for “street anger and agitation”. I wonder how he’d feel about street anger in Louisburg Square?

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“Street Anger” and “Agitation” Watch

I sense a new theme, don’t you, John Kerry?

The daughter of the leader of Gaza’s Hamas terror militia, Ismail Haniyeh, received emergency medical treatment in an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv earlier this month, according to Reuters news agency.

Ichilov Hospital confirmed the report and said that the daughter had been released over a week ago.

“Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter was indeed hospitalized for medical treatment for several days at the hospital,” Ichilov said. “Over 1,000 patients from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories – both adults and children – are hospitalized for treatment at our hospital every year.”

Several of Haniyeh’s relatives have received medical treatment in Israel, including his mother in-law and granddaughter, despite the fact that he has pledged Israel’s utter destruction.

Fine, go to Israel for treatment if you must.

But don’t drink the water!

Last month, official PA TV revived another medieval libel reporting as news that Israel was intentionally “injecting poison” into Palestinian water sources as a “war strategy” during the recent Gaza war:

Official PA TV newsreader: “Water experts have warned of the consequences of the attack by the occupation [Israel] on water wells, as a result of its use of poisonous bombs that threaten public health…”

Official PA TV reporter: “The policy of attacking water wells is a war strategy used by the occupation in its aggression against Gaza. Not only were the people deprived of water, but poison was also injected into main [water] sources, destroying agriculture.” [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2014]

That’s enough to make the quietest street angry! And you don’t know from agita.

PS: While we’re on the subject of blood libel, I hope the Israelis siphoned off a pint or two. A matzo isn’t matzo without that special ingredient!

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My Yiddishe Bubba

Turns out our first black president was nearly our first Jewish president as well.

Shalom, y’all:

At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton forwarded a far-fetched potential defense to the White House: a Talmudic interpretation that Bill Clinton wasn’t guilty of adultery.

“According to classical Jewish law, President Clinton did not commit adultery; adultery is defined as a married man having intercourse with a married woman, and Monica Lewinsky is single,” said the Jan. 27, 1999, ­e-mail that ended up with White House adviser and political fixer Sidney Blumenthal.

“At worst, President Clinton is guilty of the common sin of onanism [masturbation], a sin that probably afflicts the consciences of most Jewish men at one time or another.”

The e-mail was sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic-policy adviser, Ruby Shamir, by Linda Commodore, a Long Island woman who was forwarding a detailed argument from Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth and the daughter of noted theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

“From the perspective of Jewish history, we have to ask how Jews can condemn President Clinton’s behavior as immoral, when we exalt King David?” Susannah Heschel wrote.

“King David had Batsheva’s husband, Uriah, murdered. While David was condemned and punished, he was never thrown off the throne of Israel. On the contrary, he is exalted in our Jewish memory as the unifier of Israel.”

Hillary had Vince Foster murdered. (Didn’t she?) Maybe she’s the modern counterpart.

Bill doesn’t fill David’s sandals. David slew Goliath, Bill dodged the draft; David played the lyre, Bill the saxophone; David had many sons, including Daniel, Absalom, and Solomon, Bill had only Chelsea (that we know of); David was described as “ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome”, Bill had “distinguishing characteristics”.

No, Clinton was better off lying as he did and surviving his trial in the Senate after impeachment in the House. “Next year in Little Rock” just doesn’t resonate.

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Easy Fast, Everyone

I thought I’d share this statement, attributed to Rabbi Hillel, who lived at around the time of Christ:

For instance, much has been made of the Talmudic story (Shabbat 31a) in which Hillel, when asked by a prospective convert to Judaism to teach him the whole Torah while he stood on one leg, replied: ‘That which is hateful unto you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole of the Torah, The rest is commentary. Go forth and study.’

This is sort of the negation of the Christian Golden Rule, but the effect is similar. It seems to me to be a good idea to try to hold onto the thought during the coming year.

– Aggie

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Boy, this oughta make the Arabs plotz. Which should be reason enough..

The Temple Institute’s crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the modern architectural plans for the Third Holy Temple in Jerusalem came to a close on Rosh Hashanah after surpassing its $100,000 goal in 60 days. The initiative began on the first day of the month of Av, when Jews commemorate the destruction of the ancient Holy Temples. Almost 900 pledges have come in from more than 30 countries worldwide.

Crowdfunding is a new method of fundraising that leverages the power of the Internet to gather investments or contributions from around the world. The Temple Institute used the Indiegogo platform to reach out to supporters, with links to social media pages, like Facebook, where the campaign page received 10,000 shares. A promotional video on the Facebook and Indiegogo pages, which depicts a digital rendition of the Holy Temple on the modern day Temple Mount, has been viewed by over 160,000 people.

The architects will fuse Jewish law with modern technology to prepare for a fully modern third Temple, Kosher to the letter of the law but including modern conveniences like underground parking, heating and computerized washing stations that minimize water waste.

I hope there’s still room for the Al Aqsa mosque! Somewhere.

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Put Down the Tam Tams and Step Away From the Shelves

I see no problem here. How many Mohammeds (see post below) buy kosher?

A British supermarket chain is at the center of an anti-Semitism row, after a Jewish shopper found that the Kosher section had been completely removed, and was told by the store manager that Kosher food has been taken down because “We support Gaza.”

Anti-Israel demonstrators had picketed the branch of Sainsbury’s in Holborn, central London, part o fa pattern of aggressive calls to boycott Jewish-made Israeli goods – calls that often spilled over into violence.

In one incident Saturday, anti-Israel activists trashed a Tesco store in Hodge Hill while waving Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flags, throwing produce on the ground and closing the establishment for several minutes. Likewise protests outside Tesco stores in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton were reported.

The Sainsbury’s move to empty the Kosher section was discovered that same Saturday by Jewish actor Colin Appleby, who posted a photo of the empty shelves on his Facebook page.

Appleby recounted what he had been told by the store manager, triggering a firestorm of criticism with many noting that a significant proportion of the Kosher goods were not even from Israel, and that the move amounted to pure anti-Semitism as it clearly targeted Jewish shoppers.

Journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, who is also a Sainsbury’s customer, called Sainsbury’s on Sunday to register his shock over the incident, to which he was told the store decided to remove the Kosher goods out of fear that protesters would “take Kosher products off the shelf” and wreak havoc.

“Why is it considered a good reaction to remove products of interest to Jews from the shelves when there’s going to be some sort of violent intervention rather than to stop the violent intervention?” asked Sacerdoti. “If I told you I was going to go into the store and start trashing Halal products from the shelves, would you remove them all?”

“Of course not,” responded the Sainsbury’s telephone operator. After being pressed by Sacerdoti she refused to call the incident a “mistake,” later refusing to comment on her statement that the store would not remove Halal products when faced with an identical threat.

No one’s making Britain behave this way. All those baby Mohammeds, Mohameds, and Muhammeds (see post below) are too young to mind kosher groceries. Heck, they may even like them. All those baby Muhamets have mommies and daddies—some of whom might be upset that Jewish dietary laws are respected, but lots of whom aren’t.

But Sainsbury’s supports Hamastan. So the Manischewitz has to go.

PS: I’ve always wondered how come the Prophet’s visage can’t be depicted even once (even though it has been, plenty), while His name can be transliterated thusly?

The name is transliterated as Mohammad (primarily in Iran and Afghanistan), Muhammad (in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia), Muhammed (Arab World, primarily in North Africa), Mohamed, Mohammed, Mohamad and Muhammad (Arab World), Muhammed, Muhamed (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Muhammed, Muhamed, Muhammet, or Muhamet (Turkey and Albania).

The name may be abbreviated to Md., Mohd., Muhd., or simply M. because of its utmost meaning, its popularity has meant that it can become hard to distinguish people when there is a multitude with the same name, in some cases it may be to keep a personal name less tied to a religious context. This is only done if the person has a second given name, Some men who have Muhammad (or variant) as a first name choose not to use it, as it is such a common name. Instead they use another given name. For example, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, Zia-ul-Haq, Ayub Khan and Nawaz Sharif use their second given name.

In Latin, it is Mahometus (hence Italian Maometto) and ?????? (Moameth) in Greek. In Catalan and in Spanish, it is Mahoma, in Portuguese, it is Maomé, and in Galician it is Mamede. In Polish it is Mahomet. In Russia, it is ???????? (Mukhammad), another common spelling is ??????? (Magomed). In Somali, it is Maxamed. In Senegal and in other West African nations, the variant is Mamadou. In Kazakh, the name is ???????? (Mukhammed). In Chinese, it is written as ???? (Mùh?nmòdé). In Hebrew, it is written as ????? (Mukhammad).

PPS: Sorry WordPress can’t handle the other alphabets.

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“No Blood for Matzohs!”

Christians going to Israel?

Where’s my IV kit?

At a time when some visitors to Israel have been rethinking their travel plans to Israel in light of ongoing hostilities with Gazan terror groups, some 500 Christian volunteers will be traveling to the Jewish state to support farmers in Judea and Samaria this summer – and they say they’re coming no matter what.

Members of the HaYovel organization say that far from making them reconsider their yearly plans to help farmers work their land, the war has left them more committed than ever to supporting Israeli farmers at such a difficult time.

One of the group’s organizers, American Zac Waller, said he was “really excited” to be bringing hundreds of volunteers over next three months.

“Right now is the most important time to support Israel,” Waller insisted.

Yaakov Berg – CEO of Psagot Winery in the Binyamin Region of southern Samaria (Shomron), just north of Jerusalem, explained how apart from boosting morale, the volunteers were actually filling a crucial gap in manpower, at a time when many of his workers had been drafted into the IDF’s military reserves.

Berg praised the efforts of Hayovel volunteers, describing their actions as helping Israel’s war effort against Islamist terrorists in Gaza.

“The economy is part of the war – if the economy is strong then the government has the power, the energy to do what needs to be done.”

Now more than ever is the time to lubricate your Christian skin with Ahava cosmetics and your Christian soul with Israeli wine. Buy, buy, buy. As Michelle Obama is so fond of saying, write a big ol’ fat check (the only fat thing she likes).

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War Crimes Update

What with dismembering small Muslim children and hoisting old Arab women on pikes, where do the Israelis find the time?

As part of the IDF’s commitment to minimizing civilian casualties, it has set up a field hospital capable of advanced medical treatment.

In addition to the field hospital, the IDF has also ensured that medical supplies enter Gaza, even during Operation Protective Edge, as can be seen in the following video.

Israel has attempted to limit civilian casualties in Gaza by warning civilians to leave areas where fighting is expected.

The IDF halted fire for several hours last week to give Gaza residents time to evacuate safely. However, Hamas called on civilians to stay where they were, and praised “martyrs” who died as human shields.

Hamass claims to love death more than we love life, but they don’t say whose death they cherish so deeply. See the grannies and wee-uns referenced above.

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Apartheid State Update

Consider this post (and the 78 others that share the title) a companion to our post shaming Pope Francis (below, and again below that) for appearing in the same still frame as the graffito “Apartheid Wall”.

Jesus wept:

Over a thousand people on Wednesday attended a state ceremony honoring Ethiopian Jews who died en route to Israel during two major waves of immigration in 1984 and 1991.

With President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver in attendance, the ceremony on Mount Herzl commemorated those who perished during Operations Moses and Solomon. A monument was dedicated in their memory.

Approximately 22,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in the two covert operations, and a total of over 55,000 immigrated between 1980 and 2000.

The monument at the site lists 1,500 names of people who died en route to Israel, though experts say at least 4,000 died while trying to make it to Sudanese airlift points in 1984 alone.

The article goes on to discuss discrimination against Ethiopian Jews, which Netanyahu and Peres condemned. Such discrimination is deplorable. It also makes Israel no different from any other country (and lightyears better than most).

The more I think about the Pope’s photo op, the angrier I get. Give me some time, and I’ll come back to it again.

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Apartheid State Update

My automatic counter says this is the 78th such titled post, but I know there are more that fit the mold, at least a hundred. Each is meant to fumigate the stench of antisemitism from the world, one spray at a time.

Enjoy this one:

A heart-warming reunion took place on Wednesday, as a Nahal Hareidi soldier saw his Catholic mother for the first time in over six years after she was flown in from Colombia to be with him at a completion ceremony.

Diego Tapia was born to a Catholic family in Colombia, and began his spiritual journey in earnest while in university. After connecting to the uniqueness of Judaism, Tapia traveled to Israel to convert to Judaism and make his life in the Holy Land as a Jew.

At the age of 28 Tapia chose to enlist in the IDF’s Nahal Hareidi, which caters to the hareidi Jewish community. He was given a surprise at the ceremony concluding his intensive training, after the Nahal Hareidi Foundation flew in his mother and sister from Colombia so that he would have family present at his graduation like the other soldiers.

“It’s a feeling of joy, It is a great excitement and a big surprise,” Tapia’s mother Mercedes said, after taking the 20-hour flight from Bogota to Tel Aviv in less than a day’s notice to surprise Diego at the ceremony.

Rabbi David Fuchs of the Nahal Hareidi Foundation commented on the surprise reunion, saying “the hugs between the mother and her son brought everyone to tears during this event. It was one of the most breathtaking events of my life.”

We can definitely relate.

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Something Rotten

Denmark hasn’t met a giraffe it doesn’t want to butcher (especially one named Marius).

Then how come?

Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter will be illegal in Denmark starting on Monday, by order of Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen.

Ritual slaughter, known in Hebrew as shechita, is already banned in Poland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

The Netherlands attempted to ban shechita, but a deal was brokered, legalizing the practice in 2012.

On Monday, all slaughter that is not preceded by stunning will be forbidden in Denmark, rendering it impossible for ritual slaughter to be carried out according to Shar’ia or Halacha, Danish station TV2 reported on Wednesday.

How ’bout a compromise, Danes? Let’s presume all cows and sheep are named Marius. Then may we proceed?

“Animal rights come before religion,” the minister was quoted as saying.


Are you shi**ing me?

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Jesus of Ramallah

Unto us a child is given:

No! Not that child! This child:

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has claimed that Jesus was “Palestinian” in a seasonal video message attacking Israel.

The video juxtaposes images of “Christmas magic” with numerous scenes alleging “oppression” by Israelis. A figure revealed to be the Pope rides past scenes including a Jewish man holding a gun next to an Arab settler and Arabs cordoned off by an IDF soldier.

As he walks off into a church courtyard, a message across the screen blares: “Stand up for Hope, Peace and Justice in Palestine.”

In addition, the description below the video reads: “Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ.” Jesus was in fact a Jew living in Talmudic-era Israel.

Yeah, we knew that.

In 2010, Samih Ghanadreh, an author from Nazareth, called Jesus “the first Palestinian martyr” on a PA national television network. Ghanadreh claimed that the historical reference had first been noted by PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

In 2012, the cleric also claimed that the religious holiday marked “the birth of the State of Palestine.”

When Jesus said “Suffer the little children”, he went on to say “and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

But the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria and Gaza hear only the suffer part:

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