Archive for the ‘antisemitism’ Category

For the last few days I’ve been keeping a sort of diary of what is happening in Israel with the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, and sent copies to my friends abroad, and some of these were published in the Virginia News Source.

So in this blog I am not going to repeat myself, and just write the latest happenings, which are very similar to the former ones.

Yesterday and today (I’m writing at mid-day) the shooting of rockets into Israel continues, and Israeli planes are bombing selected areas in the Gaza Strip, trying not to hurt civilians, which is difficult because those “brave” Hamas members hide amongst them and fire from behind them.

Hospitals, mosques, all public buildings and densely settled civilian areas are their favorites for this.

There is talk of trying to make a truce, but so far nothing has come of it.

Today the U.N.O. President will be visiting Israel (and other places too) – maybe he will be able to do something to stop the shooting. If no missiles are fired into Israel, no Israeli planes will attack Gaza – that is certain.

Yesterday about 140 missiles were fired from Gaza, and two even hit a school in Ashkelon, causing much damage. It’s lucky children there don’t attend school these days.

Many wedding parties have been cancelled – many people together in an unprotected building could turn out to be a disaster. But the young couples do get married by a rabbi, in a private home, or rabbinate building, with only close family present.

The coming elections in Israel are hardly mentioned in the news, and neither is the continuous  murderous shooting in Syria .

I hope for better news next time.

Shalom from Irene

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhu has announced that a special independent committee will be set up  to investigate the Gaza flotilla raid that will include an observer from  Canada and one from Northern Ireland.

The committee  will investigate the IDF raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla and give a “credible and convincing response” to the world.

He added that the investigation would prove that Israel’s conduct had been “lawful, responsible and transparent.”

The committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge Jacob Terkel, with the other Israeli members being international law expert Shabtai Rosen, and Maj.-Gen (res.) Amos Horev, who formerly served as president of the Technion.The international observers, who will participate both in the hearings and the consultations, are David Trimble, a politician from Northern Ireland who served as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with John Hume, and Canadian Ken Watkin, the former Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces.

The committee will make decisions regarding whether the steps Israel took to prevent ships from reaching the Gaza coast, and “other matters tied up with this,” were in accordance with international law,the security circumstances that led to the naval blockade, the acts Israel took on May 31 to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, and whether these were  in accordance with international law.

The White House responded to the announcement, saying the proposed committee was an important step, that the administration had confidence in Israel’s ability to conduct an impartial, credible, and transparent investigation.

So why does the U.N.O. feel there is need for another     investigation? A completely international one?

Is the flotilla the reason for the new great rise in anti-Israel feeling and anti-semitism in the world?

For suddenly we are also being boycotted even by foreign artists. Different singers and singing groups have suddenly canceled their planned performances here, and Israeli singers who were to perform abroad, have also had their shows canceled.

Though Hamas who has taken over the Gaza Strip, runs a theocratic police state based on torture and terror, with no freedom of speech, no freedom for any religious expression outside of radical Islam, seeks to annihilate the Jewish state, and its state-controlled media depict Israelis and Jews as worthy of death, the world sees Israel, not Hamas, as the villain.

Why is Israel  the most censured country in United Nations history?

One Israeli leader said: “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 .” And that is so true.

With these words I end today’s blog.

Shalom from Irene

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There is now apparently a European plan to unilaterally declare Jerusalem as the Capital of a Palestinian State.The plan will reportedly be proposed at a monthly meeting of European Union ministers today in Brussels by Sweden, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Since when do foreign countries decide the destiny of another State? And it seems that it is always Israel which has its fate decided on – no other country that I can think of.

Knesset members from across the political spectrum condemned this Swedish led plan by the European Union.  “Jerusalem must never be divided, because it would only enhance the conflict and not solve it,” said Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, ” Dividing the capital would create a volcanic eruption that would not be easy to stop. Splitting sovereignty would bring about complete chaos,” he said, adding that Israel had proven that adherents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity could live together in Jerusalem.

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Antisemitism, in the guise of anti-Zionism,  has reached new heights this last week, especially in Sweden. One of the largest circulating daily newspapers there, the “Aftonbladet” accused Israeli soldiers of abducting Palestinians to steal their organs.

This is a grotesque throwback to the blood libels of the Middle Ages and has been strongly denied by Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, who characterized this story as “racist hysteria” at its worst”, adding, “No one should tolerate such a demonizing piece of medieval blood libel that surely encourages hate crimes against Jews. This is a shame to freedom of expression, and all Swedes should reject it unconditionally.

The headlines of the article were, “They plunder the organs of our sons,’ and Palestinians are quoted as saying that Israeli soldiers kidnapped their sons and stole organs. No real enquiry was made into these untrue accusations, it was just “hearsay” from Arab sources, who we know are far from truthful in most of their “news items”

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