Archive for May 13th, 2010

“An Open letter to European Jews Who Condemn Israel” by Rabbi Ya’akov Spivak

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

My Dear Brothers and Sisters:

There is nothing more pitiful than a condemned man asking his executioner for the sword so that he may do his work for him.

As anti-Semitism rages once again in the blood-soaked lands which contain the ashes of your families, you have committed an act of potential suicide. Three thousand of you, in a traitorous, backstabbing moment, have signed a petition condemning the State of Israel for its “actions” against the Palestinians.

By that act alone, you have strengthened the hand of the Iranian Hitler and all his cohorts in the Middle East who promise their constituents that they will wipe out every man, woman and child in Israel.

“You see,” they now say, “even the Jews themselves agree with us!”

None of our enemies over the last two thousand years could have asked for more justification for their murderous plans than that which you have given Ahmadinejad and Al Qaeda. After the loss of six million of your brothers and sisters in the lands you foolishly live in, you have learned nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

Your blood is on your own heads.

If ever there was a Divine Message to leave the European Galut/Exile, it was delivered between 1939 and 1945.

Fools! The G-d of Israel has given you a place of refuge, and you do everything you can to undermine it!

In the lifetimes of many of you, you have seen Europe go from a Hitlerean Krystalnacht to present-day synagogues in Berlin requiring armed guards for the High Holidays.

You French Jews who signed the petition condemning Israel have suddenly forgotten that your chief rabbi begged Orthodox Jewish youngsters not to wear their yarmulkes in the street. All around you Islamic extremists fling Jewish products off the shelves of Parisian stores, and throw rocks at Jewish school children. One can almost see Herzl walking home at night from the Dreyfus trial with the words “Mort pour les Juife!,” “Death to the Jews!” ringing in his ears.

Sleep peacefully, O’ you Jews of Paris and Berlin. Certainly the blood soaked lands you live in will provide protection for you the day the Islamic extremists overrun them!

Of course they will.

The lesson of the 1930s screams out to you: Jabotinsky going from town to town in Europe proclaiming “Jews! My hair is grey with worry over you. You are sitting atop a volcano. Run for your lives!” The Jews of Europe did not listen then, but they never tried to block their own escape route as you do now.

The economic instability of Europe glares from headlines around the world as rioters rock the streets of Greece, and Spain shakes in its boots. It was just this kind of economic crisis which paved the way for Hitler.

The Islamo-fascists living near you see this as their moment to seize. With help from their oil rich cousins in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, they will offer economic “relief” to the financially strapped European countries to which they have migrated. There will, of course, be strings attached. While you sign petitions condemning your fellows Jews in Israel, these thugs will be taking out contracts on your lives!

How dare you! The world has not let up against us for two thousand years, and now you aid and abet the hand of the enemy by signing a document that they can point to in order to justify sending homicide bombers into Israeli pizza shops to murder Jewish children in cold blood.

One day you will beg Israel to grant you refuge from a Europe whose message to you should have been clear seventy years ago. Who knows? Maybe the Haifa harbor will be blockaded once again. Maybe your refugee ships will be turned away as others were in the past.

You are disconnected from reality, and if you do not act now by standing up for your people, you are doomed.

You have damaged Israel in the eyes of the world.

May Heaven have mercy on your Souls.

Seventy-Three Percent of Americans Supports Arizona Immigration Law; Obama Calls Them “Fringe”

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Another classic case of Obama and his ilk being out of touch with most Americans.

Barack Obama and the Democrats keep trying to paint the new law in Arizona on immigration as some sort of misguided effort by a frustrated fringe.  Unfortunately for them, a new poll from Pew Research shows that they’re the fringe — even in their own party.  Almost three-quarters of Americans support Arizona’s new law, and almost two-thirds of Democrats support the already-law requirement for immigrants to carry ID:

The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law’s provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally.

But that’s just those nutty Republicans, right?  Wrong.  While Democrats split evenly on the law itself, the two provisions that caused the most controversy get broad support from Obama’s own party:

However, majorities of Democrats approve of two of the law’s principal provisions: requiring people to produce documents verifying legal status (65%) and allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status (55%).

That’s not the only bad news for Obama from Pew.  While they have his overall job approval at a perhaps-generous 47%, his numbers on immigration have tanked over the last six months.  They started off badly in November, at 31/48, making immigration one of his weakest policy areas, but he’s managed to lose 12 points in the gap since.  He’s now at 25/54, down from 29/47 a month ago.  His dismissive attitude towards Arizona’s law has damaged him.

Of course, it’s not just his remarks about the law that’s the problem.  The federal government all but forced Arizona to act after its inaction allowed Phoenix to become the kidnapping capital of the world.  Violence plagues Arizonans, natural-born citizens and legal immigrants alike, and they’re tired of getting no response from Washington.  They want a common-sense approach to law enforcement, such as actually enforcing the law.  If Obama won’t do it, they will.

The AZ immigration law is only getting more popular, not less.  It’s making Obama look more and more like an ivory-tower elitist and less every day like someone who understands the problems of people in the country he leads.  With numbers like these, don’t expect a push on amnesty any time soon, or perhaps ever.  This appears to have become a big game-changer.

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Los Angeles City Council Votes to Boycott Arizona Over Immigration Law

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

California is so out of touch with the rest of the nation.

LOS ANGELES — The City Council voted Wednesday to boycott Arizona businesses, making Los Angeles the largest city to take such action to protest the state’s tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

The 13-1 vote, which came after emotional discussion in which several council members recounted their immigrant ancestors, was largely symbolic since only a small percentage of the city’s business dealings are affected.

“An immigrant city, an international city, (Los Angeles) needs to have its voice heard,” Councilman Ed Reyes said. “It is crucial this great city take a stand.”

The resolution is expected to be signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It bars the nation’s second-largest city from conducting business or reaching new contracts with Arizona businesses unless the immigration law is repealed, and also prohibits most city business trips to the state.

Los Angeles has investments and contracts in Arizona worth as much as $58 million, much of which involve airport, port and energy service that can’t lawfully be affected by the boycott. That leaves about $7.7 million in city contracts that could possibly be affected, said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who co-authored the resolution.

Some of those contracts include helicopter services, Taser guns, waste management, engineering and surveillance equipment.

“Maybe some of those jobs and businesses could come back to L.A. and California,” Hahn said.

The resolution claims that Arizona’s new law encourages racial profiling and is unconstitutional. The law, set to take effect July 29, requires police enforcing another law to question a person about his or her immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the United States illegally and makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

Several lawsuits seeking to block its implementation are pending in federal court.

Some polls have shown strong popular support for the Arizona law, and critics are concerned that other states may follow up with their own versions.

Several cities have passed resolutions or urged boycotts to protest the law, including California cities such as Oakland and San Diego. A nonbinding resolution approved Tuesday by San Francisco city supervisors urges a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and asks sports leagues not to hold championship games or tournaments there.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the boycotts are unfortunate and misguided, primarily because the law mirrors a federal requirement that legal immigrants carry immigration papers.

“It’s already the law in the United States, and I have a responsibility to stand up and protect the people of Arizona and we will do that,” Brewer said Tuesday.

Charges that the law will lead to racial profiling are “just pure rhetoric,” Brewer said.

“I find it really interesting that we have people out there that are attempting a boycott in favor of illegal actions in Arizona. That to me is just unbelievable.”

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Obama Administration Warns Israel About Continued Demolition of Illegal East Jerusalem Buildings

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Obama has issued a thinly veiled threat to Israel, about their continued demolition of illegally built East Jerusalem buildings.

OK, here is a bit of history about East Jerusalem:

Jerusalem was designated an international city under the 1947 UN Partition Plan. In 1948, when the Arab nations attempted to wipe out Israel, the Jordanians captured East Jerusalem. They killed many of the Jews living there, and starved the city into submission. After it fell, the Jordanians immediately expelled all the Jewish residents of the Jewish Quarter. All the main synagogues were destroyed, and the Jewish Quarter was bulldozed. The ancient Jewish cemetery on Mount of Olives was desecrated, and the tombstones there were used for construction and paving roads. Jordan also destroyed the Jewish villages of Atarot and Neve Yaakov just north of Jerusalem. After the armistice and in violation of it, Jews and Christians were mostly forbidden from visiting their religious sites in the area, which included Temple Mount.
During the Six-Day War of 1967 Israel captured the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and eventually incorporated much of Eastern Jerusalem and the nearby West Bank into the municipality of Jerusalem, including several neighboring villages and towns.
Under Israeli rule, members of all religions were largely granted access to their holy sites, with the Muslim Waqf maintaining control of the Temple Mount and the Muslim holy sites there. The old Mughrabi Quarter (Moroccan) neighborhood in front of the Western Wall was bulldozed within hours of its capture, leading to the accidental death of one resident. It was replaced with a large open air plaza. The Jewish Quarter, destroyed in 1948, was rebuilt and resettled by Jews.

The word “occupied” is thrown around, by both sides, much to easily. But with that in mind, I wanted to show you that Israel has as much right, if not more, to own East Jerusalem as anyone. Unlike the Muslims, Israel and the Jews historical link to the city is well documented.

This statement by Joseph Farah really spells out the Muslim “connection” to Jerusalem:

“What about Islam’s holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem.

Shocked? You should be. I don’t expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It’s just not politically correct.

I know what you’re going to say: “The Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam’s third most holy sites.”

Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem. It mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem. With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem.

So how did Jerusalem become the third holiest site of Islam? Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth Sura, entitled “The Night Journey.” It relates that in a dream or a vision Mohammed was carried by night “from the sacred temple to the temple that is most remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show him our signs. …” In the seventh century, some Muslims identified the two temples mentioned in this verse as being in Mecca and Jerusalem. And that’s as close as Islam’s connection with Jerusalem gets — myth, fantasy, wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Jews can trace their roots in Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

An unnamed Obama administration official told Israeli media the US “calls on both sides to avoid inflammatory actions in Jerusalem”.

On Wednesday an Israeli minister said the demolition of illegally built homes of Arabs could continue.

Last week indirect talks began between Israelis and Palestinians.

The US State Department official was quoted as saying that they hoped the indirect negotiations, known as “proximity talks”, would lead to direct negotiations between the parties and steps that would “resolve this issue once and for all”.

Postponed

“If either side takes significant actions during the proximity talks that we judge would seriously undermine trust, we will respond and hold them accountable and ensure negotiations will continue,” the official said.

On Wednesday Interior Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch had told Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, that there was no government order barring the demolition of homes illegally built by Arabs in East Jerusalem.

He said that demolitions had been postponed in recent months to avoid harming the attempts by US Senator George Mitchell to reopen indirect talks.

“As of right now there is no directive for police not to implement demolition orders,” he said.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since 1967 [see above for the information the BBC elected to leave out. -ed.]. It annexed the area in 1981 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law the area is occupied territory. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

According to a UN report, Palestinians wanting to build a home can seek permission to do so only in a small area. It comprises about 13% of East Jerusalem and is already densely populated.

As a result at least 28% of all homes have been built illegally.

Out of the quarter of a million Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, the UN says, 60,000 are at risk of having their homes demolished by the Israeli authorities.

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Barack Obama Plans to Punish BP with Tax Hike as Gulf Spill Worsens

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

As BP has already promised to cover all cost related to containing and cleaning up the spill, this tax is nothing more than a revenue grab. Remember what Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste — and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before.”

Also, I wonder if this new tax may be challenged as a “bill of attainder”. Maybe some of our lawyer readers can comment on that.

Oil companies face an immediate tax rise of 1 cent per barrel to help to pay for the clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico under proposed legislation rushed out by the White House yesterday.

The measure, unveiled as BP began a new attempt to contain the ruptured well that has leaked millions of gallons of crude oil into America’s southern coastal waters, would put an extra $500 million (£340 million) over ten years into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which covers damage caused by such disasters.

Under a $118 million spending plan outlined in the package, people affected by the spill — such as fishermen who have lost their livelihoods because of the contamination — will be granted financial assistance, and federal agencies will get additional funds to monitor the slick and assess its impact.

President Obama, said by a spokesman to be “deeply frustrated” that the leak has still not been plugged three weeks after it erupted, intends that BP will pick up most of the cost of his new plan.

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I love this comment from one of the readers of the original article. I’m going to paraphrase:

“If Obama’s tax increase to the oil companies is “punishment”, are his tax increases toward individuals “punishment” as well?”

Netanyahu Turns to Bible in Tussle Over Jerusalem

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

This is an interesting turn of events.

JERUSALEM – Beset by questions about Jerusalem’s future in talks with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached for the Bible on Wednesday to stake out the Jewish state’s contested claim on the city.

Netanyahu told a parliamentary session commemorating Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war that “Jerusalem” and its alternative Hebrew name “Zion” appear 850 times in the Old Testament, Judaism’s core canon.

“As to how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other faiths, I recommend you check,” he said.

Citing such ancestry, Israel calls all of Jerusalem its “eternal and indivisible” capital — a designation not recognised abroad, where many powers support Arab claims to East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The dispute is further inflamed by the fact East Jerusalem houses al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine, on a plaza that Jews revere as the vestige of two biblical Jewish temples.

Heckled by a lawmaker from Israel’s Arab minority, Netanyahu offered a lesson in comparative religion from the lectern.

“Because you asked: Jerusalem is mentioned 142 times in the New Testament, and none of the 16 various Arabic names for Jerusalem is mentioned in the Koran. But in an expanded interpretation of the Koran from the 12th century, one passage is said to refer to Jerusalem,” he said.

Responding to Netanyahu’s citations, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said: “I find it very distasteful, this use of religion to incite hatred and fear. East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian town, and East Jerusalem cannot continue to be occupied if there is to be peace.”

MANY RULERS

Destroyed as a Jewish capital by the Romans in the 1st century AD, Jerusalem was a Christian city under their Byzantine successors before falling to Muslim Arabs in the 7th. European Crusaders regained it for a century, after which came 700 years of Muslim rule until Britain defeated the Ottoman Turks in 1917.

As Britain prepared to quit, the United Nations proposed international rule for the city in 1947 as a “corpus separatum.”

That proposal was overtaken by fighting that left Israel holding West Jerusalem in 1948 and Jordanian forces in East Jerusalem. Israel then took the rest in the Six Day War of 1967.

The city, within boundaries defined by Israel but not recognized internationally, is now home to 750,000 people, two in three of them Jews and the rest mostly Muslim Palestinians.

Netanyahu did not refer in his speech to indirect peace negotiations with the Palestinians that resumed this month after 1-1/2 years of U.S. trouble-shooting. Diplomacy has been mired by mutual recrimination, including from Israel over the Palestinian refusal to formally recognise it as a Jewish state.

This has ossified into diehard hostility among Palestinians aligned with Islamist Hamas, while those more inclined towards peacemaking accuse Israel of sabotaging prospects by treating occupied land as a Jewish birthright that can be freely seized.

Netanyahu said Israel would retain control over all of Jerusalem while ensuring freedom of worship at its holy sites.

Such assertions are challenged by Palestinians given that Israel, over the last decade of fighting, has often limited their access to al-Aqsa. Christians in the adjacent West Bank complain of similar difficulties in reaching Jerusalem churches.

“There is no undercutting, nor do I intend to undercut, the connection of others to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said.

“But I do confront the attempt to undercut and warp or obfuscate the unique connection that we, the people of Israel, have to the capital of Israel.”

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Further to this subject, I have some quotes that will interesting.

The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.

Palestine has never existed — before or since — as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland.

There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

What about Islam’s holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem.

Shocked? You should be. I don’t expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It’s just not politically correct.

I know what you’re going to say: “The Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam’s third most holy sites.”

Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem. It mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem. With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem.

So how did Jerusalem become the third holiest site of Islam? Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth Sura, entitled “The Night Journey.” It relates that in a dream or a vision Mohammed was carried by night “from the sacred temple to the temple that is most remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show him our signs. …” In the seventh century, some Muslims identified the two temples mentioned in this verse as being in Mecca and Jerusalem. And that’s as close as Islam’s connection with Jerusalem gets — myth, fantasy, wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Jews can trace their roots in Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.