Saturday, August 29, 2015

PFLP women complete military training course

Female fighters of terrorist group Palestinian Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Gaza‬ celebrate the completion of their military training course.  Remember this when they show you the  "civilian" casualties figures from Gaza

These women will be following in the footsteps of notorious PFLP terrorist Rasmea Odeh, currently fighting extradition from the United States for failing to disclosure her criminal past on immigration forms

Child's Play: Palestinian Terrorists hide ammunition in children's toys

A raid earlier this week has lead to a shocking discovery.  IDF soldiers raiding a Palestinian home overnight discovered a hidden cache of weapons including six rifles and a handgun. The soldiers also discovered a teddy bear with a hidden zipper installed in the back, used for hiding ammunition.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beautifying Gaza with public art

Constantly on the lookout for new and innovative methods to kill Jews (er, Zionists), Hamas has twice dispatched “frogman” from Gaza to attack Israel, only to have their attempts foiled by the ever vigilant IDF.
This week, Hamas has unveiled some fine public art in Gaza to honor their sea-based terror squad. (Yes, the same Hamas that claims it lacks the resources to rebuild homes can somehow find resources and funds for art, military parades, and terror tunnels.)

The Hamas frogman sculpture joins other terror- themed art displays in the coastal enclave, including this poignant ode to the grad rocket, 

and this memorial to the blockade-running terrorist- wannabes from the Mavi Marmara

You can tell a lot about a society’s values from their public art.

1000 + Rabbis urge Congress: Vote No on Iran Deal

1000 + Rabbis urge Congress: Vote No on Iran Deal
Text of the petition follows:

We, the undersigned rabbis, write as a unified voice across religious denominations to express our concerns with the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

For more than 20 months, our communities have kept keen eyes on the nuclear negotiations overseas. As our diplomats from Washington worked tirelessly to reach a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear challenge-we have hoped, and believed, that a good deal was possible.

Unfortunately, that hope is not yet realized.

We have weighed the various implications of supporting-or opposing-this agreement. Together, we are deeply troubled by the proposed deal, and believe this agreement will harm the short-term and long-term interests of both the United States and our allies, particularly Israel.

Collectively, we feel we must do better.

If this agreement is implemented, Iran will receive as much as 150 billion dollars, without any commitment to changing its nefarious behavior.

The Iranian regime denies basic human rights to its citizens, publicly calls for America's downfall and Israel's annihilation, and openly denies the Holocaust. This dangerous regime-the leading state sponsor of terrorism-could now be given the financial freedom to sow even more violence throughout the world.

But what do we get in return?

Even after flooding Iran with an influx of funds, this deal will not subject Iran to an airtight, comprehensive inspections structure-granting the regime the means to violate the agreement and develop a covert nuclear program.

The deal would also lift key arms embargos, so that in eight years Iran will be given international legitimacy to arm terror groups with conventional weapons and ballistic missiles.

The agreement also entitles Iran to develop advanced centrifuges after 10 years-all-but paving Iran's path to a nuclear weapons capability with virtually zero "breakout time."

We fear the world we will leave our children if this deal is approved. And we fear having to someday bear the responsibility for Iran becoming wealthier, further empowered and better equipped to produce nuclear bombs when we had the chance to stop it.

For these reasons, we agree with the assessments of leaders and experts in the United States, along with virtually all Israeli voices across the political spectrum, that we can, and must, do better.

We call upon our Senators and Representatives to consider the dangers that this agreement poses to the United States and our allies, and to vote in opposition to this deal.

Furthermore, we strongly support and heed the call to action of many Jewish organizations to express our collective opposition to this dangerous agreement.

At this historic moment, with so much at stake, we have a critical responsibility to shape the world we pass on to our children. With no less than the safety of future generations hanging in the balance, we must insist on a better deal.

We hope and pray that God will assist us in ushering in for the entire world a time promised by Isaiah (2:4) when "nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they engage in war anymore," when peace will prevail. Until then, we simply cannot afford to empower and enrich a regime that continues to lift its sword without mercy towards so many who stand for good, freedom and peace.

If you are an ordained U.S. Rabbi and would like to sign the petition please click here.

More Dispatches from the Apartheid State

More dispatches from Israel, the failed apartheid state.

A Palestinian woman, Anoush Belian has won the coveted title of Miss Fitness in a bodybuilding competition organized by the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association in Israel.

                                          Photos from Ammar Awad at Reuters 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Global Index ranks Israel fourth best place to raise children

Israel has been ranked as the 4th best place to raise children by the Family Life Index
The Family Life Index ranks countries in such subcategories as availability and cost  of childcare and education, quality of education, family well-being, and available leisure activities.

True Confessions of an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Volunteer

Just this week, Paul Larudee of the Northern California International Solidarity Movement (ISM) issued an “ an urgent call for volunteers to join us in Palestine”

He doesn’t offer much in a way of a job description, instead stating

The campaign will begin during the last week of September and will last around 5 weeks.  We request a minimum one week commitment from volunteers, but stress that longtermers are needed as well. We ask that volunteers start arriving around the 20th of September, so that we will be prepared when the harvest begins.

We request a minimum two week commitment from volunteers, but stress that longtermers are needed as well. The ISM will be holding mandatory two day training sessions which will run weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please see the join ISM page or contact for further information.

Fortunately, our friends at Israellycool are able to fill in the blanks, with a post by a Swedish activist, Daniel Borg, who joined the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) a few years back.

Before joining ISM group in Hebron I had my training in Ramallah during two days. How to obstruct IDF ops? How to freely walk in a neighbourhood and alert the coordinators the movements of incoming IDF patrols? When to go out and show your presence to the military, so that they dont dare shoot at your direction? Shield a house that IDF want to demolish? Shield stone-molotov-throwing militants? Yes. Our job. PLO (now Fatah, but it is the same) uses well meaning idealistic western youngsters to aid, shield and make-possible their terrorist agenda. The Fatah-coordinators made it clear to us that ISM uses only non-violent means of resistence, but in the meantime stressed that if the Palestinians chooses to use violence our job is to shield them. It is the Palestinians that live under occupation and humiliation, not us western activists, so we should let them make the operational decisions and we internationals are there to act like human shields and protect them from the IDF.

Daniel’s personal observations of interactions between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians lead him to believe that much of what he has been taught is not true

Yes I was extremely astounished. This encounter between the IDF soldier and the Palestinian kid contradicted everything I was being told and what I thought was the normal mode of IDF-conduct. Surely this soldier’s behaviour must be a very rare glimpse of humanism in the overrall aggressive IDF, like a dolphin swimming in a sea of sharks. But no, it was not. It was rather the normal mode of conduct. I monitored the same group of soldiers from early morning to late evening, and their basic way of treating the Palestinians was that of non-interference and respect. Not once did I see anything that comes close to a violation. I spent three weeks monitoring the IDF soldiers, with my camera around my neck. There was nothing to film, no transgressions whatsoever ...

Daniel concludes

The irony did not cross my mind at the time, that I went to Hebron to document Israeli war crimes but came home with IDF-humanism and Palestinian war crimes.

During my time in Hebron I did not know about the incessant terror attacks against the extremely small Jewish community of Hebron. I did not know that Jewish residents are killed whenever they are not protected, children, women, elderly. I did not know that Israel has effective control of a very small portion of Hebron. I did not know that the actual Apartheid in Hebron is directed from the Arabs against the Jewish community. I did not know the religious and historic importance of Hebron, as the number two capital of the Jewish people.

How could I know? How could my collegues know? We are immersed in the pro-pal false narrative. Fueled by CNN, New York Times, Le Monde, all centrist and leftist poltical parties in Europe, all our left leaning teachers, all our cultural establishment. Among many others. I got social, political, educational status by joining ISM, an anti – Geneva Conventions, terrorist organisation.

Read it all at Israellycool

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why checkpoints are still needed

Why checkpoints are still needed:

Earlier this week,  two tons of rocket-making material destined for Gaza were discovered at the Nitzana Border Crossing in southern Israel.  The fiberglass was likely intended for use in constructing long-range rockets.

Earlier this month, smuggled fiberglass was discovered at the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza, falsely labeled as containing school equipment.  Humanitarian aid continues to flow into Gaza in spite of the smuggling attempts.

From the Times of Israel:
Since the beginning of the year the Tax Authority and Shin Bet have intercepted dozens of attempts to smuggle banned substances into Gaza that were suspected to be heading for the terror groups in Gaza.
Among the shipments seized were diving suits, polyurethane rocket propellant and carbon and sulfur rods for blast furnaces used in metal work...
From Israel National News:
The list of items that Israel prohibits from reaching Gaza is not very long. There are a grand total of 16 types of military materials, and 18 types of dual-use items.

The military items are mostly various types of chemicals, accelerants, fertilizers and carbon products needed for the manufacture of explosives. The idea that Gaza is "suffering" because they are deprived of these things is absurd. Let's hear the State Department explain why Gazans absolutely must have diethylenetriamine, thiethylenetramine, or  E-100-ethyleneamine. 

The dual-use materials are items that can be disguised as being for civilian purposes, but which Israel knows from experience will be used for terrorist purposes. This list includes prepared concrete, hunting knives, and night vision goggles.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Abbas's new Presidential Guest Palace

Writing at Gatestone, One does not have to be an expert on Palestinian affairs to see that the billions of dollars have neither created democracy for the Palestinians nor boosted the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. "

During the past 20 years, the U.S. has invested $4.5 billion in promoting democracy among the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and boosting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

This is what Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah revealed during a meeting in Ramallah this week with Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hamdallah said that the money was also invested in projects in various Palestinian sectors.

The $4.5 billion that Hamdallah talked about does not include the billions of dollars poured on the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its creation in 1994. Palestinian economic analysts estimate that the PA has received a total of $25 billion in financial aid from the U.S. and other countries during the past two decades.

One of the "projects" financed by US donations may very well be Abbas's new  Presidential Guest Place. Now serving the 11th year of his 4 year term, Abbas is building himself a facility fit for a king.

The Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah

$13 million dollars is budgeted for the project, which includes 2 helipads

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Secretary General of Kairos Palestine Hind Khoury rationalizes suicide bombers.

The new Secretary General of Kairos Palestine is Hind Khoury 

Listen to a 2011 clip of her rationalizing suicide bombing

"...our martyrs, even if they were suicide bombers they are martyrs we can't think of them as criminals. i refuse that. "

Repulsive racism from Anna Baltzer

Meet Ilana Kaufman,  a self described "black, gay professional Jew" 

From the Forward, Ilana writes

I’m about as mainstream as we come. My family lights Sabbath candles and belongs to a synagogue. My daughter goes to religious school and Jewish summer camp. I even grow etrogs in my backyard. My community is mostly Jewish — and many, many are black like me.

Ilana is the JCRC San Francisco Bay Area’s Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director. She reflects the diversity of the Bay area, and of the larger Jewish community 

Its just one of many reasons that Anna Baltzer's  (aka Anna Piller aka Anna Nardie)  quip about the  "white supremacy" of the Jewish Community Relations Council is so repugnant.  Anna is the head of the extremist US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - a group that denies Jewish ties to the land of Israel.

In her thoughtless, senseless and racist attack on the JCRC, Anna belittles and marginalizes the contributions of all Jews of color, including Ilana Kaufman.

Repulsive racism from Anna Baltzer

From the JCRC mission statement

JCRC envisions a more just society by sustaining a strong and vibrant Jewish community in the United States and in Israel, and by enhancing that strength through collaboration with other communities.

Toward this end, JCRC's mission is to educate and advocate on issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish community based on consensus, civility and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Bay Area unites to say no to a nuclear Iran

We have a few short weeks left to stop the Iran deal

Bay area activists, Dr. Lenny Kristal, Ruvim Braude, Rosalind Frankel and John  Rothmann have drafted a statement that calls upon our elected representatives in Congress to reject the agreement.  In just a few days, hundreds have added their names 

This has run as an advertisement in the Aug. 10 edition of the J Weekly, northern California’s weekly Jewish news publication.

A Facebook page, Bay Area Says Vote No On Iran Nuclear Agreement  has been created, and the statement is now there in the form of a petition.  Please "like" the page, and add your name to those gathered in solidarity  in opposition to this deal.

For more about this initiative, please see

CA Bay Area: Ground Zero of the Left takes on Iran Deal

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hamas Summer camp

Thousands of Palestinian children, as young as 15  are receiving military training in Gaza summer camps, operated by Hamas.

More than 25,000 children have joined this year's Hamas camps, according to Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.

 From Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, writing at the Gatestone Institute 

Only a few Palestinians have dared to speak out against Hamas's exploitation of children. Palestinian activist Eyad al-Atal criticized Hamas for "depriving an entire generation of Palestinians of their childhood." He said that apart from creating new supporters of the Islamic State, the military training of the children was in violation of human rights principles.

Addressing the Hamas leaders, the al-Atal said: "Teach your children how to play, how to smile, how to rejoice. Build for them an institution for education and entertainment that would raise them on the love of Palestine and not how to get themselves killed."

It is also disturbing to see how international and Palestinian human rights organizations, especially those claiming to defend children's rights, are turning a blind eye to this large-scale child abuse by Hamas. These organizations only care about children's rights when there is a way to throw all the blame on Israel.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tel Aviv #1 Destination for Vegan food

Tel Aviv in Israel  has been ranked by The Daily Meal as the Top Vegan Destination in the World 

From the Daily Meal

The first hint of a vegan craze in Tel Aviv was spotted in 2012 by Tablet Magazine, but a few years later, Tel Aviv’s vegan scene is as robust as ever. “Almost one in 20 Israelis describes themselves as vegan, a number that feels much higher in the country’s second city,” writes Hardeep Singh Kohi in High Life, British Airways’ in-flight magazine. Even Domino’s in Tel Aviv serves vegan pizza. You’ll find many bearded hipsters enjoying the simple fare at Port Said, and the Georgian restaurant Nanuchka has a fresh take on meat-heavy Eastern European food. Of course, the vegan staple of falafel can be found virtually everywhere, but you can even get vegetarian shawarma at a restaurant appropriately named  the Veg Shawarma.

YNET  calls Israel a "Mecca" for Vegan food, with hundreds of restaurants certified as "Vegan friendly"

Israeli army has started offering vegan meals on its bases and supplies vegan soldiers with leather-less boots and wool-free berets.

A study prepared for the Globes newspaper and Channel Two found five percent of Israelis identify as vegan and 8 percent as vegetarian while 13 percent are weighing going vegan or vegetarian. In 2010 just 2.6 percent were vegetarian or vegan.

This compares with an estimated 2 percent of the U.S. and UK populations being vegan and just 1 percent in German.

The only Vegan Domino's Pizza in the world in Tel Aviv has sold over a half million pizza's in the last year.

Cue the claims of tofu-washing in 3...2...1....

Berkeley Women in Black: Lying to Students at UC Berkeley

"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. ” 
Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

From Emunah:

Every Friday, for years,  a group of anti-Israel activists have held court at the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph in Berkeley, calling themselves "Berkeley Women in Black"  Its a particularly vile group. They are countered each week by a pro-Israel, pro-Peace group

This month two of the regulars, Berkeley Professor Andrew Guiterrez and his wife, Marina are commemorating the anniversary of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza with...wait for it... photos from Syria.

Prof. Andrew Guiterrez displaying photos from Syria
Evidence was presented to Prof. Guiterrez that at least one of the photos in question predated the Gaza defensive by at least a year, and was in fact from Syria.

His response?

He called the police.

Marina and Andrew Gutierrez in Operation: Annoy the Zionists 
It takes a special kind of evil to knowingly spread falsehood. Its particularly egregious when the person in question is a University professor at one of the finest schools on the West coast.. Andrew Guiterrez provides us with yet another example of how truth is often the first causality of an extremist ideology.

Arabs desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque

Tisha B'Av marks the destruction of our first and second temple and is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. Jews flock to the old city of Jerusalem in pilgrimage to pray at our holy sites.

With the intention of attacking Jewish  worshipers coming to the old City to pray on Tisha B'Av., Palestinians stockpiled rocks and firebombs within the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. 

Is this any way to treat a holy site, and a place of worship?

Palestinians desecrating Al Aqsa

Police on the scene were attacked  with a shower of rocks, fire bombs and iron bars. Four officers were lightly injured. Police released this video, showing the attack
From within Al Aqsa, a clip of rock throwing

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dinosaur City Opens in Gaza

More Dispatches from Prison Camp Gaza

Gaza has a new theme park. Opening last month, Dinosaur city is part of Sharm park, located just south of Gaza city.  Life-like animatronic dinosaurs that move and growl fill the park to the delight of the children of Gaza. There are already plans to expand the park.
Dinosaur City in Gaza

Dinosaur City In Gaza

From Al-Monitor:

Abdallah Joudeh, the park’s manager and guide, told Al-Monitor that the main purpose of building the theme park was to establish a link between what students learn in school and an entertaining experience. He said that Dinosaur City was developed after a number of engineers saw similar projects around the world. The dinosaurs were designed in Gaza and ordered from China. 

Adults pay seven shekels (around $2) and children pay three shekels (around $1) to enter the park.

The 25 mile long coastal enclave already boasts two other theme parks- Asdaa City and Kids Land  

Dinosaur city in Gaza

For more information:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Family moves from Canada to Gaza. You'll never guess why

The hyperbole predominates the media,  and is meant to perpetuate the myth of the eternal victimhood of the Palestinian people.  Gaza is an "open-air prison". Gaza is a  "concentration camp". 

Its never been true.

In November, 2008, the al-Aloul family left Gaza and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Last fall, they moved back.

KPBS tells their story: Gaza to Canada And Back To Gaza: Why A Family Chose to Return

For those of you who still buy into the "Open air prison" meme- Ihab al-Aloul, his wife Somaya and  their six children moved to Gaza to improve and upgrade their standard of living.

One benefit for the al-Alouls in Gaza is a private swimming pool. On a recent afternoon, workers installed a new lawn around the pool patio. The squares of grass were grown on a local sod farm. One drawback: the irrigation water is salty - much of the tap water in Gaza is brackish. Aloul says it's not the best for the grass but "it's not killing that much."

In Canada, the family's apartment had no yard, let alone a pool.

The pool is part of what is essentially a weekend home for Aloul. His father bought the land, and Aloul built the home and pool more than a decade ago.

Below the flat rooftop, the Mediterranean sparkles blue, just a few blocks away. Bright café umbrellas line the beach and a Ferris wheel rises high.
Photo by Emily Harris, NPR
Beach homes.  Private pools. Amusement park rides.  This is a snapshot of Gaza you'll seldom see.

Canary Mission. Is it helping?

From Emunah:

In the Bay area, we’ve experienced firsthand the smug hypocrisy of the hard left and witnessed the indignities they've committed in the name of “justice". They’ve repeatedly blurred the lines between private and public. More than once we’ve seen groups like Code Pink take their protests to their opponents homes.   Family and neighbors of their target are dismissed as collateral damages.  From the protests at Berkeley Professor John Yoo’s home, to the aborted invasion of the home of the Israeli general consul, being a self-righteous activist means never having to say you’re sorry.

When has justice has ever been achieved using unjust means?

On many occasions we’ve experienced the shrill expression of their “right to free speech”, over the rights of others.  Synagogue and Jewish community events have been disrupted, virtually without consequence. 

Canary Mission is a consequence.

No, we don’t know who is behind it, and no, its not us. (and you can stop asking, now)  But after watching our activists threatened and attacked, and seeing our institutions defiled and vandalized by the same handful of extremists,  its clear there needs to be a consequence. The  “catch and release” policies of municipal law enforcement have been useless up to now. The organized Jewish community lacks an effective strategy.

There's a thoughtful discussion taking place at Divest this  (the lawful good branch of the Worldwide Zionist Conspiracy) about the efficacy of the Canary Mission "naming and shaming" tactic, examining it from both an ethical and a practical perspective.

I find myself dissenting.  Canary Mission functions as a distiller of information, profiling anti-Israel activists' own words, gathered from youtube, social media and the mainstream press. It fills a need.

Kinneret Israel 
Several years ago, an anti-Israel activist and Al-Awda volunteer , Kinneret Israel bluffed her way into a job at several local Hebrew High schools, and proceeded to hijack a curriculum on Jewish identity with her special brand of Israel-hate.  Baffled (and bored) students complained to their parents. Parents complained to the schools. Kinneret was eventually  "let go". Predictably, there was nothing on her resume regarding her anti-Israel activism when she applied for the position.

If a quick google search of her name had brought up her history of anti-Israel agitation, Kinneret's malignant disregard for community values would have been obvious, and she simply never would have been hired.

If Canary Mission continues to meticulously and cautiously source and document their work, they can become a valued asset to the community.

 Remembering the words of the great Albus Dumbledore:

“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” 

To JVP: Jewish Lives Matter, too

On August 22, 2014, a mortar shell fired from Gaza exploded, filling the Tragerman home in Nahal Oz with shrapnel. Four year old Daniel Tragerman was killed

To Jewish Voice for Peace: Why doesn't the life of  4 year old Daniel Tragerman matter to you? Why don't the lives of Jews in Israel matter to you?

Since 2001,  nearly 16,000 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza  have targeted Israel, terrorizing the Israeli people. Of those, roughly 10% have fallen short of their target and have fallen within Gaza, endangering the Palestinian people. Hamas has fired long range rockets at cities across Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Twice since 2005, the IDF has been forced to launch operations in response to heavy rocket fire on Israel’s civilians. Its been a full year since the last  devastating war in Gaza, begun after relentless rocket attacks on Israeli cities.

In response to these rocket attacks, the IDF struck over 1,474 terror targets in Gaza.

According to reports, 936 of the 2,125 Palestinians killed during Operation Protective Edge, or 48.7 %, have been identified as militants. More that two thirds of those militants were affiliated with Hamas, while 201 (or 22%) belonged to the Islamic Jihad. Over 100 (or 11%) were affiliated with other factions.

From British military expert Col. Richard Kemp:

“The actions taken by the IDF were necessary to defend the people of Israel from the ongoing, intensive and lethal attacks by Hamas and other groups in Gaza. It is the inalienable duty of every government to use its armed forces to protect its citizens and its terrain from external attack.”

Tomorrow, the fringe group, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) will be commemorating the Palestinian dead at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, in what they have the audacity to call "Kaddish". They have deliberately excluded the Jewish dead from their commemoration. To JVP,  Hamas terrorists are to be mourned, while the Jewish dead, including 4 year old Daniel Tragerman are ignored.

This isn't the first time JVP has exploited Jewish culture and traditions.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.