Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Instructions for keeping safe in Israel: English, Russian, Hebrew and Arabic

Lies about Israel's Ministry of Health's handling of the Coronovirus are spreading faster than .... know what.

One common trope is that instructions to insure the safety of the populace are only given out in Hebrew. 

Um.  No.

Israel Coronavirus instructions in English

Israel Coronavirus instructions in Russian
Israel Coronavirus instructions in Arabic
Israel Coronavirus instructions in Hebrew
The truth is out many languages.  You need only look.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Gaza prepares for the Coronavirus

In spite of the never-ending hostilities, aid continues to flow into Gaza, from Israel. Just last week, 206 tons of medical supplies and equipment entered Gaza.

Supplies needed to facilitate Gaza's fight against the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, including testing kits, personal protective gear, and sanitizer were also sent.

Gaza  has been sanitizing public areas and shopping centers.

Additionally, Gaza is building a 1000 bed field hospital for quarantined coronavirus patients.

Gaza coronavirus field hospital

Recognizing that viruses cross borders, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have set up a joint operations room to combat the pandemic.

Rather than applaud the regional cooperation, the usual suspects are taking this as an opportunity to bash Israel. Posting on Twitter, the self-described "journalist, writer, filmmaker" Ben Norton refuses to be inconvenienced by simple reality and instead makes the spurious claim,

"Coronavirus has now reached Gaza, which is under a totally illegal, brutal, medieval-style siege by Israel. Gaza barely has health infrastructure; it has been bombed to pieces by Israel. Every Palestinian death caused by Covid-19 is blood on Israel's hands"

Over 77,000 tons of supplies, in 2547 trucks entered Gaza last week alone.  Positively  "medieval", Ben.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Gaza refuses to practice social distancing

As of today, there are 306,677 confirmed cases of corona virus worldwide.  13,017 have died.  Health care facilities are critically understaffed, with shortages in masks, hand-sanitizer and ventilators in short supply.

And in spite of this,  Gaza has refused to practice social distancing, flaunting their refusal on social media


After two Gazans returning from Pakistan tested positive for the coronavirus, the Gaza Health  ministry began to take the pandemic seriously, deciding to close wedding halls, restaurants, cafes and lounges, and to suspend Friday prayers in the Gaza Strip until further notice.  Currently 80 travelers to Gaza are in quarantine.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Aida Touma-Sliman backtracks after Twitter slander

Aida Touma-Sliman from the Arab Joint List has accused the Israel Defense Forces of  committing an “atrocity” by spraying Palestinians “with an unknown substance” , then quickly backtracked.

On Twitter, Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman wrote “Another atrocity [being committed] by the occupation under the cover of the coronavirus — the IDF is spraying Palestinians at the Qalqilya checkpoint with an unknown substance. "

After Naftali Bennett corrected her, saying “These are not IDF forces. The Palestinian Authority disinfected the checkpoint,” she deleted her tweet responding, “The video I uploaded a few minutes ago was from the Palestinian side…I was misled.”

Pallywood narrowly averted.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gaza prepares for the coronavirus

The world is preparing for the corona virus pandemic, and "open air prison" Gaza is no exception.

Teams of medical students have visited a local grocery store in the strip, distributing information and answering questions.

Photos from Gaza Meat City Facebook page
Widespread disinfecting is taking place

A mini field hospital has been set up close to the Rafah crossing where people entering Gaza from Egypt are checked. Anyone with a fever is tested.  So far, the tests have been negative.

Additionally, Israel has sent 200 kits to identify the Coronavirus to Gaza.  Kamil Abu Rokon, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared  "Viruses and diseases have no borders.  COGAT and the Health Ministry will continue their efforts to assist the Palestinian Authority to stop the spread of the coronavirus out of an Israeli interest and humanitarianism"


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Remembering the victims of Dalal Mughrabi

On this day in 1978, 42 years ago, Palestinian terrorists including Dalal Mughrabi, carried out the Coastal Road Massacre, killing 39 Israelis including 13 children and wounding 71 others.
On March 11, 1978, twelve members of a Palestinian terrorist cell led by Dalal Mughrabi landed on a beach north of Tel Aviv.  Armed with Kalashnikov rifles, mortars and explosives, they walked to a nearby highway, where they opened fire at passing vehicles before hijacking a bus.
The terrorists shot the passengers on the bus and fired at passing cars.
Among the victims of the terror attack (may their memories be for a blessing):
Revital (Tali) Aharonovitch (14)
Naomi Elichai (18)
Erez Alfred (5)
Yitzhak Alfred (44)
Galit Ankwa  (2)
Yitzhak (Yitzik) Ankwa (10)
Haviv Ankwa (38)
Mathilda (Mathy) Askenazy-Daniel (68)
Yehuda Basterman (32)
Rina Bushkenitch (34)
Dov Bushkenitch (36)
Liat Gal-On (6)
Shim'aon Glotman (43)
Amnon Drori (43)
Naama Hadani (5)
Ilan Hohman  (3)
Roi Hohman  (6)
Rebecca Hohman (28)
Mordechai (Moti) Zit  (9)
Josef Kheloani (66)
Malka Leibovitch-Wiess (58)
Tzyona Lozia-Cohen (32)
Abraham Lozia (37)
Otari Mansurov (37)
Yoav (Yoavi) Meshkel (6)
Tuvia Rozner (53)
Gail Rubin (40)
Meir Segal (73)
Katy (Rina) Sosensky (49)
Joseph Sosensky  (56)
Zvi (Zvika) Eshet  (46)
Omry Tel-Oren (14)
Today, Palestinian textbooks describe Dalal Mughrabi "as a central female role model for Palestinian girls". There are 5 Palestinian schools named after her.  In 2018, a textbook for Palestinian 5th graders devoted an entire chapter to her, writing
"Our Palestinian history is filled with many names of shahids (martyrs) who sacrificed their souls for the homeland, among them is the shahid Dalal Mughrabi, who in her struggle marked one of the images of opposition and bravery, and for that her memory remains forever etched in our hearts and minds," 
Read Palestinian Media Watch for more information on the glorification of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi in the Palestinian territories.
This is considered the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel's history.

 Dalal Mughrabi's handiwork

Thursday, March 5, 2020

National Geographic: Purim in Tel Aviv is a "must-do" travel event

In Israel’s cosmopolitan seaside city, Tel Aviv Street Party Rave marks the Jewish holiday with live music, dancing in the streets, and food stalls offering up local treats, such as hamantash, a stuffed cookie filled with jam, chocolate, or dates. Crafts and fashion for sale and wildly dressed locals up the party vibe.

From Tourist Israel: The Guide

The annual block party in the streets of Tel Aviv returns for Purim 2020, this time to Charles Clore Park. The city’s biggest Purim party, this year’s event will feature two music stages, stands selling clothes and accessories, seating areas, and food and drinks to buy. This is the place to experience locals and visitors from all walks of life coming together to show off their best Purim costumes. The Purim rave will will take place in Charles Clore Park on March 6 from 12:00-17:00. Entrance is free.

 Check local reports for cancellations in the event of inclement weather and/or the coronavirus.

Paul Larudee struggles for relevance: One "Democratic" state in Palestine

Paul Larudee continues to struggle for relevance. After the failure of his various high profile ventures (Flotillas, Flytillas, global marches), the poor man may be forced to return to piano tuning.

Pal Larudee in happier times
His newest venture, "One Democratic state in Palestine" flies in the face of the the Palestinians' own desires.  Less than 20% of Palestinian surveyed are interested in a democratic state where Jews and Arabs have equal rights.

The mailing address of this new "movement"  is 
One State Assembly
405 Vista Heights Rd.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Its no a coincidence that the address of the "Assembly" is Paul's own home in the verdant hills overlooking San Francisco Bay.  This new  "organization" shares the address and the taxpayer ID number  (20-5516191 )with the Iranian born activists' other ventures, including the:

Free Palestine Movement
Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism
International Solidarity Movement
Syria Solidarity Movement
The Palestine Children's Welfare Fund

The shared goals and points of unity of Paul's affiliated organizations include the destruction of Israel, the regions only democracy, and the increasing the regional hegemony of the Iranian mullahs.

The Taxpayer ID number is registered as belonging to the  "Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees" and is listed as an "Educational" organization

The group's demands:

One state in all of Palestine
Equal rights for all
Restoration of all property to those who lost it
Return of all refugees to their homes

Ironically, the group demands of "resisting"  the expansion of a "racist, single-ethnic society.", which if realized, would thwart the Palestinian's deepest desire.

Wishing Paul as much success in this latest venture, as in all of his previous ones.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Anti-Semitism at the AIPAC protests

Last week, AIPAC held its annual policy conference in Washington DC, attended by record crowds.  Over 18,000 people attended,  with the goal of strengthening the relationship between Israel and the United States.
This year, as in the previous years, a small group of protesters gathered outside, coordinated by Abbas Hamideh of the extremist Al Awda group.

Waving a Palestinian flag, one of the protesters taunted the crowd attending the conference.
"The Holocaust will come back to you,"
"You're going to get burned if you don't give us the land!" "Hitler will come back!
Burned, all of you!"
The Puerto Rican born Hamideh beamed silently in the background.
Abbas Hamideh laughing at anti-semitic tirade. Photo from Israellycool

Later Abbas himself led chants of "Jerusalem is Arab. Haifa is Arab. Jaffa is Arab".

An additional group including Rich Siegel of "Deir Yassin Remembered” (designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group)  took some time to protest the US Holocaust Museum.

The protests featured the usual marginal characters and garden variety antisemitism.

Also seen protesting AIPAC- the  Westboro Baptist Church

And while the protests outside screamed for Israel's destruction, it was standing room only at AIPAC in such sessions as “Improving Life in Gaza: Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation” with Professor Tareq Abu Hamed of the  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and "Promoting Palestinian Prosperity", with the founder of  Sadara Ventures

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Palestinian Values

A survey conducted by the Beit Sahour based Palestine Center for Public Opinion  gives the world a glimpse into the Palestinian view of "peace".

 Only 31 % of Gazans interviewed and 14% in the West Bank still support a two state solution.  66% of Palestinians interviewed in the West Bank felt that  "regaining control of historical Palestine" from the "river to the sea"  was their priority. In Gaza, the percent was slightly lower.

The Western pipe-dream of a one-state solution in which Arabs and Jews would share equal rights was supported by 9% of Gazans, and 11% of those in the West Bank.

The survey consisted of face-to-face interviews among a representative sample of 500 West Bankers and 500 Gazans, taken from January 23-February 11, 2020.  

Read about it here
Palestinian Majority Rejects Two-State Solution, But Backs Tactical Compromises

Monday, February 17, 2020

Protesting a talk on antisemitism at UC Berkeley, because...Israel.

Who protests a talk on antisemitism?

Historian Deborah Lipstadt , author of the books Denying the Holocaust (1993), History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005), The Eichmann Trial (2011), and Antisemitism: Here and Now (2019) gave a talk at UC Berkeley's law school Thursday, to a packed and appreciative audience.  She is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion at Emory University.

The theme of her talk was "Anti-Semitism. Here and Now"

Three sullen protesters stood nearby.  It was not clear what they hoped to accomplish.

On Twitter, Deborah Lipstadt dismissed the three, saying she had "far more important matters to discuss." at her Berkeley talk
“My talk was about antisemitism here and now. Not about Israel. Three protesters positioned themselves next to me with signs attacking Israel.”

“In the talk, when I spoke about antisemitism from the left, I mentioned that many people refuse to see antisemitism as legitimate.  They dismiss claims of antisemitism as simply being a sop to protect Israel. This is the only prejudice those on the left refuse to take seriously.”

“I want to thank the protesters for making my point more clearly than my words could,” she  concluded.

Her post has been "liked" over 1,900 times in one day.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Humanitarian Aid donated to the Palestinians sold for profit

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA)  is tasked with administering humanitarian aid and social welfare to Palestinian refugees.

Last year, a leaked confidential report from UNRWA’s ethics office detailed abuses of power among the agency's senior management, documenting incidents of "sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives."

In light of the scandal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and New Zealand suspended funding the agency.

UNRWA has long been controversial as it seeks to perpetuate the Palestinian refugee crisis, rather than resolve it.

The corruption and abuse of power exists even at the most fundamental level. 

Food aid donated to the people of Gaza from UNRWA and from private donations has been seen on the grocery store shelves,  sold for profit and promoted on the stores social media pages.

One store advertised cans of tuna, clearly labeled as a "gift" from the people of Japan

Powdered milk,  donated from the UN Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) and clearly marked  "Not for Sale" was also available

It spite of the ongoing controversy, UNRWA continues to solicit funding worldwide.  Its time for  anyone committed to justice for the Palestinian people to seriously consider alternatives to the bloated and corrupt UNWRA bureaucracy.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

United Nations Blacklist revealed

The United Nations has released a list of 112 multinational and local companies that do business in Judea and Samaria. Of the listed companies, 94 are Israeli and 18 are international.

Feel free to use it as a shopping list.

1. Afikim Public Transportation Ltd., Israel
2. Airbnb Inc., United States
3. American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd., Israel
4. Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd., Israel
5. Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd., Israel
6. Angel Bakeries, Israel
7. Archivists Ltd., Israel
8. Ariel Properties Group, Israel
9. Ashtrom Industries Ltd., Israel
10. Ashtrom Properties Ltd., Israel
11. Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd., Israel
12. Bank Hapoalim B.M., Israel
13. Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M., Israel
14. Bank of Jerusalem Ltd., Israel
15. Beit Haarchiv Ltd., Israel
16. Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corp Ltd., Israel
17. B.V., Netherlands
18. C Mer Industries Ltd., Israel
19. Café Café Israel Ltd., Israel
20. Caliber 3, Israel
21. Cellcom Israel Ltd., Israel
22. Cherriessa Ltd., Israel
23. Chish Nofei Israel Ltd., Israel
24. Citadis Israel Ltd., Israel
25. Comasco Ltd., Israel
26. Darban Investments Ltd., Israel
27. Delek Group Ltd., Israel
28. Delta Israel, Israel
29. Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd., Israel
30. Egis Rail, France
31. Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd., Israel
32. Energix Renewable Energies Ltd., Israel
33. EPR Systems Ltd., Israel
34. Extal Ltd., Israel
35. Expedia Group Inc., United States
36. Field Produce Ltd., Israel
37. Field Produce Marketing Ltd., Israel
38. First International Bank of Israel Ltd., Israel
39. Galshan Shvakim Ltd., Israel
40. General Mills Israel Ltd., Israel
41. Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd., Israel
42. Hot Mobile Ltd., Israel
43. Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd., Israel
44. Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd., Israel
45. Israel Discount Bank Ltd., Israel
46. Israel Railways Corporation Ltd., Israel
47. Italek Ltd., Israel
48. JC Bamford Excavators Ltd., United Kingdom
49. Jerusalem Economy Ltd., Israel
50. Kavim Public Transportation Ltd., Israel
51. Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd., Israel
52. Matrix IT Ltd., Israel
53. Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd., Israel
54. Mekorot Water Company Ltd., Israel
55. Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd., Israel
56. Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd., Israel
57. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd., Israel
58. Modi’in Ezrachi Group Ltd., Israel
59. Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd., Israel
60. Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd., Israel
61. Municipal Bank Ltd., Israel
62. Naaman Group Ltd., Israel
63. Nof Yam Security Ltd., Israel
64. Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd., Israel
65. Opodo Ltd., United Kingdom
66. Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd., Israel
67. Partner Communications Company Ltd., Israel
68. Paz Oil Company Ltd., Israel
69. Pelegas Ltd., Israel
70. Pelephone Communications Ltd., Israel
71. Proffimat S.R. Ltd., Israel
72. Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd., Israel
73. Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd., Israel
74. Re/Max Israel, Israel
75. Shalgal Food Ltd., Israel
76. Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd., Israel
77. Shufersal Ltd., Israel
78. Sonol Israel Ltd., Israel
79. Superbus Ltd., Israel
80. Supergum Industries 1969 Ltd., Israel
81. Tahal Group International B.V., Netherlands
82. TripAdvisor Inc., United States
83. Twitoplast Ltd., Israel
84. Unikowsky Maoz Ltd., Israel
85. YES, Israel
86. Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd., Israel
87. ZF Development and Construction, Israel
88. ZMH Hammermand Ltd., Israel
89. Zorganika Ltd., Israel
90. Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd., Israel
91. Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd., Israel
92. Alstom S.A., France
93. Altice Europe N.V., Netherlands
94. Amnon Mesilot Ltd., Israel
95. Ashtrom Group Ltd., Israel
96. Booking Holdings Inc., United States
97. Brand Industries Ltd., Israel
98. Delta Galil Industries Ltd., Israel
99. eDreams ODIGEO S.A., Luxembourg
100. Egis S.A., France
101. Electra Ltd., Israel
102. Export Investment Company Ltd., Israel
103. General Mills Inc., United States
104. Hadar Group, Israel
105. Hamat Group Ltd., Israel
106. Indorama Ventures P.C.L., Thailand
107. Kardan N.V., Netherlands
108. Mayer’s Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd., Israel
109. Motorola Solutions Inc., United States
110. Natoon Group, Israel
111. Villar International Ltd., Israel
112. Greenkote P.L.C., United Kingdom

Thursday, February 6, 2020

From the River to the Sea

The Palestinians reaction to the American Peace proposal shows an unwillingness to accept a Jewish state within ANY borders.

This, not the "occupation", and not the "settlements" is the main obstacle to peace in the region.

When they chant "From the River to the Sea", this is what they mean.

Hassan Fouda of Berkeley's comically named  Jewish Voice for Peace also rejects any plan that doesn't create a Palestinian state from the "river to the sea"

The newly proposed peace plan should open the door and provide an opportunity for both sides to return to the negotiating table.  Both Palestinians and Israelis should embrace it as a chance to move closer to peace and to resume negotiations after a long hiatus.

Comprehensive peace proposals were presented to Palestinian leadership three times in the past – once by the United Nations (1947) and twice by Israel (2000, 2008). All three times Palestinian leadership rejected broad peace deals, while Israel said yes. 

Palestinian rejection – anchored in refusal to accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state remains the primary obstacle to peace.

Extremist AROC seeks to reinstate discredited California Model Studies Curriculum

The extremist San Francisco based Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is attempting to breathe life into the dead horse of the widely discredited California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.

You may remember Lara Kiswani, head of the AROC,  for her assault on Jewish elders.  Witnesses reported her physically ripping signs from the hands of the elders, and doing a victory lap with the destroyed signs held high over her head.

Lara Kiswani after her assault on a Jewish elder
Does Lara Kiswani seem like the type of person we want influencing curriculum for young people?

From the Progressive Zionists of California, a grassroots coalition of California Democrats:

Lara Kiswani and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) have helped sponsor a petition called “Save CA Ethnic Studies” which states, “Will it [the California Department of Education] institute a Ethnic Studies curriculum that uplifts the stories of all communities of color or reject one that includes Arab Americans—bending to the desires of pro-Israel groups [emphasis added]….”

Progressive Zionists points out that it was not "pro-Israel" groups alone objecting to  the "exclusionary and antisemitic Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum".  It widely condemned by a consortium of groups, including Armenian Americans, Greek Americans, Hindu Indian Americans, Assyrian-Americans, Sikh Americans, Korean Americans, on the grounds that it was "not inclusive enough".

They write:

To be clear, diverse communities came together to respond to the curriculum based on their own concerns. Claiming in this petition that they are “bending to the desires of” Jewish groups erases their lived experiences and concerns. This dangerous trope of Jews controlling other minorities deeply motivated the Poway, Pittsburg, New Jersey mass murders and the repeated attacks on Jews in Brooklyn and Monsey. PZC condemns this language as both racist and antisemitic.

We encourage the IQC to continue to reject extremism and antisemitism in the curriculum, and commend them for the progress they have made so far. It is crucial that the kind of hatred and misinformation Kiswani has trafficked in not be allowed to become the norm or sanctioned within any public education curriculum.  

Read the full statement here: