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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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Eight Crazy Nights

Put on your yalmulka, here comes hanukkah
Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate—you’re under arrest!

Untitled

Israeli police closed the Temple Mount Sunday after Jewish visitors to the Mount – which is Judaism’s holiest site and the exact spot of the events of the Hanukkah holiday – broke out into Hanukkah songs, enraging Muslim worshippers.

Following the song a scuffle broke out between Jews and Muslims. Four people were arrested.

Police have decided to close the Mount to all visitors until further notice.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, where the two holy Temples of Israel stood prior to their destruction, and where some Jewish traditions teach that the creation of the world began. The site is also the location of the Hanukkah miracle, where the Maccabees rededicated the Second Temple after 3 years of defilement by Greeks and Greek sympathizers.

The Mount has also been frequently closed to Jewish visitors and is often the site of blatant anti-Jewish discrimination. Jews are prevented from praying or performing any other religious ritual, while Muslim and Christian visitors pray freely.

Just 2 days ago, Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the radical Islamist movement in Israel, denounced efforts by MKs to open the Mount for all visitors. His words follow accusations of inspiring Arab incitement against Jews on the Mount, as well as a marked upswing in Arab-on-Israeli violence in the area.

How does this injustice differ from the Jim Crow South? Hmm…? Anybody?

Correct! It doesn’t. Sounds like we have a perfect cause for a new Civil Rights Movement. Equal rights for Jews on the Jewish State! Sing-ins instead of sit-ins; light candles, not Molotov cocktails! We shall oy-vercome!

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Diabetics Take Note

Too sweet, even for me:

Syria and Israel are formally at war, and the idea of Syrians being treated in an Israeli hospital once would have been unthinkable. But the brutality of the Syrian civil war has driven some 200 wounded Syrians in the past six months to seek help at the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights, according to the Israeli army.

Soldiers take them to a field hospital for treatment and triage, with more serious cases sent to hospitals in northern Israel. About 100 have been treated at the Nahariya hospital, with more arriving as news of the Israeli medical aid spreads by word of mouth.

For the man in the bed, who declined to be named for fear of retribution against his family back home, treatment in Israel has been a profoundly transforming experience.

“I thank the Israeli army,” he said. “Two and a half years of revolution have changed my opinion of Israel. Look what Bashar Assad” – Syria’s president – “has done to his people. Everything he says is a lie. He spreads hatred of Israel, but Israel is a friend, not an enemy. The Israelis showed us their humanity.”

It’s not an isolated case, either:

In one hospital room, a 22-year-old fighter from the Free Syrian Army was recovering from a gunshot wound in the shoulder. The Syrian army, he asserted, had committed atrocities, destroying mosques and raping women. “The Free Syrian Army will never fight Israel,” he said. “Assad’s army is the enemy, not the Israeli military.”

A 17-year-old who entered the room in a wheelchair said that at the border he’d been frightened by Israeli soldiers pointing their rifles at him and ordering him to raise his hands. After an examination and transfer for medical treatment, he said he was surprised by the “compassion, sympathy and humanity” shown him at the hospital.

Now, we’ve covered this story before—twice, I believe—so we’re not ignorant or dismissive. But we’re not surprised, either.

All it tells us is what we already know: Israel is a deeply moral country, and its detractors are deeply sinful. Horrible, hateful, truly evil people. Who lie. All the time.

This is news?

PS: I’ve said before that I am not Jewish. My father is, however, and that is Jewish enough for Israel. If Obamerica goes any further down the tubes, I would seriously consider making aliyah. Not sure what my family thinks about that.

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Jewish Hooligans!

There’s a crime wave!!!

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of the Temple Institute and activist Yehuda Glick were arrested Thursday morning on the Temple Mount.

An eyewitness told Arutz Sheva that the two were violently arrested at the exit to the holy site. Police dragged the men on the ground, he accused.

Police said the two were arrested for praying and bowing down while visiting the Temple Mount, which is the holiest place on earth according to Judaism, and the site where the First and Second Temples once stood.

While Jews are allowed to visit the site, they are forbidden to pray, for fear that Jewish prayers would inflame tension at the site. Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque have frequently rioted and attacked Jews in the past when it seemed that Jews would be allowed more freedom on the Temple Mount; the riots have been encouraged by PA and Muslim leaders, who tell their followers that Jews are plotting to take over the area and rebuild the Temple.

Not a bad idea now that you mention it. But not true in this case:

Yehuda Glick told Arutz Sheva that the allegations that he prayed are not even true. “I was guiding a group on the Temple Mount. Everything went well, we finished the tour and shook hands with the police, and from there I went to the Kotel [Western Wall],” he recalled.

“A few moments later, I got a call asking me to come back and guide another group. I came back to the entrance to the Temple Mount, and there I was arrested. A police commander told me I was being arrested for disturbing the peace on the Temple Mount,” he said.

Glick expressed concern, “This is the first time they detained me, and I don’t know what they want from me… I have a strong feeling that I’m being set up.”

I know I’m a little fixated on this situation, but it still perplexes me. Imagine Christians not being allowed to pray in St. Peter’s or Muslims at Mecca. You can’t, can you? Yet Jews are arrested even for moving their lips in prayer. In Jerusalem. On the site of their holiest temple. Yet no one seems to care (Moshe Feiglin aside, that is).

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Apartheid State Update

This is not the apartheid you were looking for:

Jews have no right to visit the Temple Mount, and should be prevented from “contaminating” the holy site, a Member of Knesset has argued.

MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) spoke against allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount, which is also the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The area is the holiest place on earth according to the Jewish religion.

Tibi was particularly outraged by the possibility that police may restrict Muslim worshipers in order to allow Jews to visit the holy site during the holiday of Sukkot.

Jews are still not allowed to pray at the holy site.

The decision to let Jews visit during Sukkot is part of a gradual plan with the ultimate goal of sharing the holy site equally between Muslims and Jews, he warned, adding that Muslims must not accept such an arrangeement.

“The Al-Aqsa mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims alone. Period! Not for others,” Tibi declared.

Note: he is an MK, a Member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Yes, the Jewish state allows such a vile bigot to sit—and speak—in its house of representatives. And he’s not alone.

There may be apartheid in Israel, just not the apartheid you typically read about.

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Amen

I was going to title this post “Damn Straight”, but it seemed inappropriate:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 17 September 2013), at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, held an additional meeting of the renewed Tanakh Study Circle. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau attended the circle, which is named after Sara Netanyahu’s late father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi.

This is the fourth meeting of the Circle, which was renewed in May 2012. The Tanakh Study Circle is a tradition from the days of former prime ministers David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin and is held in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

This evening’s session focused on the last weekly portion of the Book of Deuteronomy, 33:1-34:12.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I would like to open the discussion with Deuteronomy 34:1-6. Moses our Teacher could not enter the Promised Land and we are here in his merit and in the merit of the struggle of our people to be here, the inheritance of our ancestors, and we welcome every moment. It is a very great privilege to read this great book and know that we are realizing what the Almighty commanded our people. The fact that this is our inheritance and we are here, reading these words today, and knowing that we will remain here forever – thus we are fulfilling the precept.”

Any questions?

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