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October 29, 2018

Synagogue Shooting in Squirrel Hill

 

Eleven people, Jews, were killed and at least six injured including four police at the Tree of Life Synagogue located in Squirrel Hill, a largely Jewish community attached to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For me, this is somewhat personal as when I attended college in Pittsburgh I often walked the streets of Squirrel Hill eating an exquisite corned beef sandwich for lunch at least twice a month, weather permitting. I probably have at least walked by, if not attended services at, this Synagogue. The neighborhood in the early 1970’s was filled with unique Mom and Pop stores selling Judaica and anything else including two head-shops. The people were as wonderful and sweet as you could want to meet. I will always remember the pleasant walks with one of the most special people of my life. But this horrific attack was perpetrated specifically at Jews solely because they are Jews. The same old hatred and falsehoods, anti-Semitic tropes which our forefathers heard in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and, sorrowfully, throughout the world were again found behind the hatred here. He hated the election of President Trump so that was the fault of the Jews despite the known tendency for Jews to vote for the Democrats. He was against immigration from outside of Europe and these were being brought to the United States by Jews, by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) which helps Jewish refugees relocate to the United States. The shooter, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, tweeted moments before entering the Tree of Life Synagogue, “I can’t wait while my people are getting slaughtered….I’m going in.” His social media was riddled with anti-Semitism. He was reported to yell, “All Jews must die!” as he began shooting. The Synagogue was filled with Shabbat observers and a family and friends of a circumcision ceremony for their newborn son. This was an act of pure evil perpetrated by a person so filled with hatred of Jews that everything they saw which they thought was wrong was blamed solely and entirely on the Jews.

 

What is equally appalling is the immediate politicization of this indescribable propagation of hatred which took eleven lives while leaving at least another six with varied injuries. This was not about firearms, this was not about any elections, this was not about politics, this was about the oldest hatred which has infected humankind almost since the inception of faith in a single and unseen deity, Hashem. Bowers may have given a thousand different political reasons for blaming the Jews, a thousand different societal qualms for which he blamed the Jews, it does not matter the reasoning that he hated Jews as those were excuses to satisfy his desire for his hatred of the Jews to be justified so his act would be blessed in his warped, hate-filled mind. This is a condition which arises for varied reasons and through varied means. Sometimes it appears to be heredity as if in the mother’s milk, as is commonly said. This is often because they heard Jews blamed for every ill that befell somebody in their family or it was a common theme in their community. This is what has roiled the Middle East and North African nations and what infected Europe, especially Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Then it can be learned at a later point where it is initially launched by some defining moment or act in the person’s life. Then there are times it just arises seemingly out of nowhere with little to indicate from whence it came. This is often the hardest to understand and is also one which can have the most dangerous implications, as there is no prediction or predilection which serves as a warning that the person has such hatred. This instance, there was plenty of warning signs, just nobody did anything to bring the potential threat to the attention of authorities. That would not have likely resulted in any actual actions, but it is nice to think that warning of somebody who is threatening a community within our greater communities would serve to prevent such acts. The problem with anti-Semitism is it is pervasive enough that if the authorities had to keep tabs on every anti-Semite, they would have little resources to perform any other duties. Anti-Semitism is one of the problems which can only be defeated through education for the time being until we gain a far deeper understanding of the human mind and how we learn to hate. It is as Martin Luther King purported, another hatred formed through bigotry and as baseless as the rejection of people of color and all the mindless and baseless claims he fought against. It was as he stated at a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on October 27, 1967, at a Civil Rights rally in Boston, Mass as he stated, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!” He recognized this and far more as also stated at the above link.

 

Burning Israel Star of David

 

This shooting will be with the Squirrel Hill community in general and the Tree of Life Synagogue for the foreseeable future as such wounds leave scars which come to mind every time you think of one of the victims or see their relatives and close friends. Such is the nature of these horrible events. There will be the store operated by one of the affected families which will be closed forever leaving a form of dead space even after the new store opens in its place. Certain things in the community will never be the same. What will be the worst remembrance of this trauma will be for the family of the young newborn who was a mere eight days of age and whose bris and naming ceremony was destroyed in an instant of stark terror. This was exactly the same as terror attacks read about which happen in Israel and the trauma to the neighborhood and the congregations will be just as permanent as our memories of such events here. We can share in the indelible feelings of helplessness and victimization which ran through those when the first shots rang through the Synagogue. That sickening feeling deep in your gut which makes you want to wretch while all your mind can think is how can I and those around for whom I care simply disappear and be as far from right here and right now as possible, and you know that no such thing can be performed by mere human beings. Prayers might be running through your head and their content never had more urgency or meaning and those who survive will thank Hashem just that much more sincerely for the time being. Life becomes that much more precious and feelings that much more intense and for many time all but stops and their every movement feels as if they are moving through molasses as it appears to be slowed to almost an enormous effort is being expended to move ever so slowly. Your hear beats faster and so hard you can hear the blood rushing past your ears on its way to the brain which is reviewing options before you can clear your head to control those thoughts. Some moments pass quickly when you remember them but time becomes almost your enemy as it either passes too slow or so fast and you cannot react at that speed. Nothing makes sense and things can even begin to swirl and you feel feint and unable to clearly see what and where things are. Then everything, if you are fortunate, gels and thoughts are crystal clear and you seem to regain control and are able to move with an alacrity which feels as if it is beyond your normal abilities. Then, when you are finally at the end of the threat, and you calm yourself enough to collect your thoughts and emotions and you look at your watch, only fifteen minutes have passed but you feel like it was at least an hour long ordeal. The human body reacts in some ways beyond understanding when one is placed in such a situation where conditions have no resemblance to normal. The feeling of relief at having survived such an ordeal is short-lived as the realization comes and you see that not everyone was as fortunate. Then the reality of the cost of what one just survived but by the grace of fate and Hashem sets in and the melancholy and soul-searching begins. We start to try and find a reason for why we survived and these eleven friends and fellow congregants were not so fortunate. We then find the wounded and, if we are able, we assist them and see that four of them were police who rushed to the scene and you feel gratitude for their heroic efforts which assuredly saved many, possibly oneself. That fills you with the gratitude of living and you once again mutter thanks to Hashem for sparing you and hopefully all those you hold dearest. Not all are that fortunate and they are near their lost loved one completely broken and destitute wondering why not themselves instead. The full gamut of feelings will be found with every person finding their own little place within their consciousness which will provide them even the smallest amount of peace for each moment. Reason cannot account for nor provide any explanation as there is no understanding of why, what or any way to make a better explanation because nothing justifies away the hurt and the horror. Yet, in retrospect, there will be a thousand reasons all of which will prove insufficient, as there is no explaining hate, not pure and unadulterated hate which is at the core of anti-Semitism. There is no reason for such hate and there never has been any reason for such hate but it has endured as the explanation for inadequacies, inequalities and every other complaint held by the anti-Semite because it is easier to blame the Jew than to search within themselves.

 

We could try and continue to explain the actions of Robert Bowers and explore the range of thoughts and reactions of the Congregants present and the police and community who responded to the shooting, the police by rushing towards danger and the community pulling together at the vigil to show solidarity and support for those who died and those who survived as they too will carry the emotional scars on top of everything else for quite a time to come. This was a series of events which the news will dissect until the next tragedy replaces it in the news cycle. Pittsburgh will run with this just that bit longer than the rest of the nation and the world. It will also be carried longer here in Israel as we feel such events as tragic and hope that Jews will realize that they would actually be safer here in Israel. Many find that difficult to believe, but it is actually true. For the Jews of America, if you wish to see what will be your future, just watch Europe as they are but a decade, if that, ahead of the United States and what you witness there you will witness at home in the near future. We do not even desire to think of how many more like Robert Bowers are out there in the United States or across Europe. They are an unseen threat often because they associate with a select group who either completely agree with their every complaint about the Jews or really could not care less one way or the other about their talking evil about the Jews because they are not Jews, they know almost no Jews and thus they do not really care about the Jews. That is another thing about many people to whom the Jews may as well be those aliens from Zeta Reticuli whose saucer just crashed and are setting up house somewhere in the mountain of central Wyoming. This is often why such people who fester such a burning though baseless hatred within are seldom brought to the attention of the authorities. Their acquaintances often simply think of their anti-Semitic ramblings are nothing more than their means of expressing their frustrations and doubt that they are truly serious, let alone actually going to act upon such feelings. These are the way some simply explain their shortcomings or the things which fail to meet their expectations. They did not get a raise because of those Jews, of course. The news which they do not like or reports which show events celebrating something they hate politically it is because of the Jews. That is just their expression and what does it hurt. The problem is that there does exist a percentage of anti-Semites who just might act upon their hate which is what happened in Pittsburgh.

 

Aliens from Zeta Reticuli

Aliens from Zeta Reticuli

 

Often people think of the Jews as being as alien as our little friend pictured above. There are people who believe that Jews look different and that they can pick them out in a crowd. Some believe Jews have tails or horns or whatever feature which denotes them as less human. I was fortunate in life as a nearly two meter tall one hundred kilo male, not many people actually desired to strike me. I have had a few instances when it was necessary to stand up for a less size-endowed Jew and it always shocked the anti-Semite that a Jew would not only talk back but actually call them out on their hatred. None had ever decided to take me up on stepping outside, which is to my liking. But none have ever bothered my Jew of less physical dimensions again after our exchange of words. That too is a good thing. Jews, for the most part, are not overly physical and prefer cerebral methods to the use of force, at least in the United States. This is odd as the person responsible for the scientific art of boxing and heavyweight champion of England in 1792–1795 was a Portuguese Jew named Daniel Mendoza. This was back in the day when it was bare knuckle boxing where there were no gloves and the rules were quite simple. The rules were you started with round one and each round went for three minutes with one minute between rounds and you added one to the round counter until one fighter was knocked out or unable to meet the bell and submitted. Mendoza lost his crown to “Gentleman” John Jackson who found his way to victory by seizing Mendoza by his long hair and holding him with one hand while he pounded his head with the other. So much for the “Gentleman” part of his name. As we stated above, there were not very many rules. But all the Jews of the past also had one thing in common with Jews of today, they still were faced with anti-Semitism, the mindless hatred of the other as defined by the Jew. Jews have been the other because it was easy. They lived separate from the rest of the people in a community which often was walled in. Here is the odd thing, the wall was not for the protection of the Jews inside as they did not erect the wall. The wall was to protect the rest of the world from the Jew and to provide the Jew with a limit as to where they could proceed and not be threatened, but dare to leave the ghetto and the Jew had to be wary and very careful as he was on forbidden ground and only at the mercy of any who might lay eyes on them. These walls were built by the Christians and the Muslims to protect themselves from “Jew contamination” or something like that. Sure, there were periods when the Jews were permitted to mix freely and live amongst the rest of the peoples, but they were never permanent and are proving once again to be temporary. This was a wake-up call which will not be heeded for what it portends. This was a call to return to their only real home where they can live more easily as observant Jews, where they are the majority. This was an Aliyah call telling them that Israel is their real home. For every excuse you might have as a Jew for not returning home to Israel, there is a reason to return to Israel which probably belies that very reason with one exception, your aging parents or grandparents require your remaining where you currently reside. What you will not believe is that once in Israel, providing you come with an open mind and expecting little but to be amazed, then you will find that Israel is truly the home of every Jew and welcomed by a community which speaks English as the British saw to that by colonizing almost every corner of the world. Come and spend a month starting, as too many Jews will, in Tel Aviv and once you have had that experience, then visit the periphery. Go to places such as Jerusalem, of course, and Hebron, the Dead Sea and all the other tourist stops and take in the history and the sights. Then visit Tzfat which is a town of artists, Nahariya, which is a beach town largely for other Israelis, Eilat, as it is the southernmost tip of Israel and also a beach resort, and any number of other places not usually seen on the tourist posters. Israel will surprise you as it has a diverse number of places which have their own personality. We love Nahariya and when we visited to get a feel, we were fortunate to stay in Nahariya and were here for the Purim Parade. We definitely advise making it to some smaller town during Purim as the celebration is one of the times of the year that we all come together and celebrate. Holidays in Israel are so completely different than in the United States as in Israel the Jewish holidays are also national holidays and that too is something to be amazed about. Israel, to put it simply, is the Jewish State, period. And it is perfectly safe as Israel does put a great effort into protecting us to the best of their ability.

 

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October 26, 2018

Selective Outrage

 

The luring to a trap, vicious murder and suspected dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has dominated the news cycles for over a week. Meanwhile, an American who holds an Israeli Identification Card and is a Palestinian Arab real estate agent acting on behalf of a local clan who sold land to Jews in eastern Jerusalem, has been taken by Palestinian Authority (PA) officials and has remained detained at Ramallah in an interrogation facility. What is interesting about this second case is that despite Israeli officials detaining of Palestinian Authority Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Ghaith, along with Jihad Al-Faqeeh, regional director of the PA’s intelligence agency, the name of the kidnapped American has still not been released. We suspect that gag order on his name is the result of the State Department, as you really do not have much of a story if there is no name you can attach. Thankfully, as noted above, we now have two names, Adnan Ghaith and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the Palestinian Officials pulled in, kidnapped if you believe the PA high level of screaming about the illegal questioning and were held overnight. This did get a loud and vehement response from the PA officialdom claiming that Israel had kidnapped their officials. Note that the PA kidnapped an American Israel of Palestinian Arab descent and it is a nonevent which cannot even have the individual’s name attached to the story but the two main PA officers who were in charge of the operation are arrested and taken for polite questioning, no thumb screws or other devices from the Spanish Inquisition and that is kidnapping. The selected references and innuendo are baffling but the main thing is the only reference thus far to a kidnapped American citizen by the PA has been in reference to the Israeli questioning of the PA officials suspected of involvement.

 

For simplicity, we will for the remainder of this article refer to the American who holds an Israeli Identification Card and is a Palestinian Arab real estate agent acting on behalf of a local clan who sold land to Jews in eastern Jerusalem as BOB in all caps, partly to draw attention to what has occurred, and because we do not desire having to refer to the victim as the victim or write a two line sentence just to refer to BOB. The Ramallah detention facility, on the other hand, often does have some resemblance to the Spanish Inquisition, or so it has been intimated on numerous occasions. Now, the sale of land by an Arab to a Jew within the PA carries a death sentence. That is automatic. The preferred alternative has become life in prison at hard labor, and they do mean hard labor which is designed to shorten life. Should the death sentence be imposed, it then requires Mahmoud Abbas to give his approval for it to be carried out. This is so it can be applied at a later point when nobody will be the wiser and all have already accepted that the person selling to a Jew will never be seen again. Often, the hard labor takes care of such specifics of the situation. We assume that the State Department knows what they are doing by not identifying BOB, as they likely figure that they can work far more efficiently behind the scenes as long as nobody, relatives in particular, especially those in the United States, do not know their loved one has been abducted and will likely never be seen again. Anyway, the State Department is loathe to ever accuse the PA of anything untoward or underhanded as they would not have butter melt in their mouths, the little darlings. But they sure have made a huge deal about Jamal Khashoggi and those horrible Saudis in the Turkish Consulate. There have been demands all over the news for the United States, President Donald Trump in particular, break all relations with the Saudi regime, cancel every arms deal already brokered, and everything just short of invade Saudi Arabia and question Mohammad bin Salman, the ruler of Saudi Arabia but not a peep about BOB hit the news until Israel started investigating the kidnapping of one of their citizens.

 

What has been interesting is that we have to call the abducted and likely already tortured for two weeks victim BOB but Israel is now being reported to have abducted or kidnapped two PA officials as that apparently is what police taking two people in for questioning has become called in PA official channels. The two have claimed complete ignorance, which is expected and that will remain their story, as they know Israel will be handcuffed in their investigation. What is the real problem is that the PA has absolutely no authority in Jerusalem, west or east, and thus their Security Forces even entering the city other than those assigned to guard officials is against the law. All of Jerusalem is outside any areas, either Area A or Area B, where they have security jurisdiction, thus any taking of an individual from Jerusalem is a kidnapping. But that is not even the most ridiculous response to this fiasco. This has reached the highest of PA levels as the PA cabinet on Wednesday condemned what it called settlers’ takeover of property in the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque assisted by protection of Israeli military officials. PA officials have called on UNESCO and other international organizations to intervene to “prevent the occupation from taking over the original Arab cultural heritage in occupied Arab Jerusalem.” This is a residence and has not been declared as a cultural heritage by UNESCO. Well, that is unless you recognize that UNESCO recognized almost half of Jerusalem as not belonging to Israel and their ruling has been utilized to threaten to make the Western Wall forbidden for Jews to pray or assemble, as it is part of the UNESCO decision to grant all of the Old City as a PA heritage site. That would be similar to UNESCO declaring that the Mall in Washington D.C. as a Native American, in particular Iroquois, national heritage site and then the Iroquois demanding that no ‘pale faces’ be permitted to enter that zone including Congress, the President, most of the central United States government agencies and the Smithsonian Institute and many of their museums including the Aero-Space Museum. We know, do not give the United Nations crazies any further ideas.

 

We would like to see BOB in the light of day and freed and also sanity returned to the situation. Where is the condemnation of the PA for making the sale of any property to a Jew sentenceable by death? Further, if you really wish to get down on the Saudis for their antiquated, Middle Ages centrist laws such as making it illegal for any but believers of the faith, Muslims, and preferably Sunni, to visit much of their land and forget owning a piece of vacation property in Riyadh, or better, in Mecca or Medina. It is interesting that Saudi Arabia can basically ban Jews and Christians and the PA areas will automatically carry out a death sentence on any Jew entering their sacred turf, and that is what this is in Israel, a turf war, and the United States is fine with that but should Israel install a couple of additional checkpoints in order to curb an uptick in terrorism, that becomes something which the United Nations condemns and the State Department demands that they be taken down immediately. This was exactly what occurred after Israel simply put up metal detectors to prevent further stabbings, shootings and other violence on the Temple Mount after two Israeli Security Police were shot and killed. The reasons given were varied and all mostly false. Already there were metal detectors at one entrance to the Temple Mount where non-Muslims were permitted entry. Jews went through a further check to assure that they carried no religiously offensive material which might contaminate this Islamic area and were always escorted by Islamic WAQF Security and should they even whisper, they would be arrested for praying and contaminating all Islam. So, apparently only non-Muslims are a risk for bringing weapons to such an Islamic holy area except that was not the case, was it. Muslims often brought steel rods, gathered rocks and pelted Israeli Security in attacks always coinciding with Israeli holidays such that the Temple Mount would be closed to Jews, then they would settle down. Where is the outrage that Jews can be so visibly humiliated by repeated degradations at the hands of the PA terror enforcement division, also known as riot at any reason when directed. The truth has been long known that the PA, and Hamas and the rest, all direct these riots, terror attacks, and reward those who commit them and provide incentives and training on the best means of assaulting and murdering Israelis and how to identify an Israeli as a Jew. The PA terrorists who committed the Jaffa terror attack where the victim was US Army vet, Vanderbilt student Taylor Force, age 29, and an American tourist but he was seen as a religious Jew despite not being a Jew at all. He had a beard, dark curls or waves of hair and for intents and purposes, to a PA terrorist that means Jew (his picture is below). His death was a tragedy, same as all the other terror deaths at the hands of mostly PA, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Israel.

 

US Army Veteran West Point 2009 Graduate Taylor Force

US Army Veteran West Point 2009 Graduate Taylor Force

 

At least Taylor Force’s loss finally woke America and Congress to take steps with the Taylor Force Act. We hope it will be enforced by Presidents and the State Department under all administrations regardless of party. The State Department has already shown their colors making every argument why aid must continue despite ‘Pay to Slay’ continuing because otherwise the most richly subsidized areas on earth might not have enough baby formula or whatever excuse they wish to use (see graph below). As is obvious, it is not even a close comparison and in second is Lebanon from which Hezballah is heavily financed by Iran. Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake where in response the Israelis were the first to have a fully functioning field hospital and the last to depart. Still, the Palestinian territorial regions are the most exorbitantly financed region in the world and has made billionaires out of most of those who have had positions of power or influence and the remainder are well into at least the tens of millions stashed away. Who claims that terrorism does not pay.

 

Graph of Aid Money to Palestinian Territories and other needful locations

Graph of Aid Money to Palestinian Territories and other needful locations

 

So, in the meantime the United States has a problem with Saudi Arabia for their murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi at their Turkish Consulate while BOB remains completely unidentified and left in the Ramallah PA Detention Center and torture chamber without anybody showing the slightest of attention. The Saudi’s have been a steady ally through thick and thin but must be thrown to the wolves over the death of a Washington Post stringer reporter Jamal Khashoggi who is not an United States citizen but does have three American citizen children resulting from his long-term residence in the United States out of curtesy to a major American newspaper while BOB is left to rot in a PA horror chamber unidentified and with nobody demanding that the United States break off all relations with the PA terror masters whose main use for the United States is to pressure Israel and send more money. OK, take a breath and we apologize for the overly-long sentence. Let’s continue. We would prefer that both people would have at the very least similar attention in the media and from Washington officialdom. That is what would occur in a world where things make sense and people are treated as equals. The problem is Jamal Khashoggi being in the employ of the Washington Post has automatic high publicity and is going to be the darling cause of the left-leaning media. BOB is being held by the darlings of the left-leaning media, the PA, and as such must be kept quiet and out of the spotlight so as not to upset the American public and have the people force and demand action. BOB can be sacrificed all in the cause of the PA, those wonderful people who make life and existence difficult for Israel. The initial hush job is being performed by the State Department, a formidable silencer of bad news when it comes to the PA and an amplifier of any bad news for President Trump. Thusly, Jamal Khashoggi is the most important person to have ever been silenced by the Saudis while BOB is of no consequence. There actually is a thread which connects these two cases, they are both victims of Islamic hegemony and their belief that they write the rules and the world is their apple and must jump when they tell them to do so. The PA hierarchy and the Saudi hierarchy both believe that they cannot be held responsible for their actions as long as they are committing acts which they believe are correct. They both believe that as Muslims they are superior and stand at the top of civilized behavior. The world must bend to both the PA and the Saudis as they are the rulers of the world in the future and this is guaranteed by Allah and is written in the Quran, a perfect and holy book, the only real holy book which contains all the truths and information required. They both believe they are superior to all others and that the world is their oyster and they are the perfect pearl within. They believe that they are at the leading edge of the final conquest of the world by Islam and as such, they do not need to respond to or answer for any actions, especially the death of a minor individual of little importance and a threat to the crown. While Jamal Khashoggi was a threat to the Saudi rulers, BOB was a threat to Islam as he gave away precious and holy lands to a Jew, the absolute worst possible act according to the Islamic concept of the world. These similarities and their belief that they are completely guiltless and are righteous in everything they desire to do, choose to act, elect to believe and demand of others. They believe in their superiority in all things and that the United States and the non-Muslim world are all to be subservient, subjected to their every whim. But we wish BOB would receive at least some attention instead of being just one more person sacrificed to the PA hierarchy and their insistence that they are completely innocent of all wrongs.

 

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September 28, 2018

Israel is the Unique Miracle Nation

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There is something special and different about Israel and her actions in world affairs. Israel is not a spiteful nation which turns her back on nations over their mistreatment or disrespect but instead stands ready to assist any nation after they experience a natural disaster or severe accident whether caused by natural powers or human error. Israel could break relations with any and every nation which in any way, shape or form recognized Mahmoud Abbas’s ‘Palestine’ as doing so is the same as wishing Israel be destroyed. Mahmoud Abbas’s ‘Palestine’ is the dream that Arab forces destroy Israel and build him his own fiefdom in its place. Of course, that is his pipe dream and in reality would be his nightmare as Hamas would swoop in with assistance from the Muslim Brotherhood headquartered in Jordan and Iran headquartered in the region in Syria. Once Hamas had cleared the region of the PLO Security Forces, they would then begin tossing all the command level politicians off the roofs of buildings in Ramallah. There would be a few exceptions such as Saab Erekat, Mahmoud Abbas and others from the highest order of the PLO, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. These Hamas would desire a special end so as to make clear that they will breach no opposition by anyone and would hang these people from the public leadership slowly allowing them to strangle hanging from cranes. That is the monster the world is recognizing and it is a monster which would replace Israel, not living besides her, and would murder every Jew and Christian once Hamas is established. Most nations would break off all diplomatic relations with anyone who recognized a terrorist group’s claim to replace the nation and murder the vast majority of her citizens, but not Israel. Israel will even come as quickly as permitted to aid such nations just as she gladly does for friendly nations. Should you desire to ask about such Israeli disaster assistance, please ask the citizens of Haiti, the Philippines, Japan, Nepal where the Israeli team was amongst the first there and were the last to leave and even the United States as Israel was there in New Orleans after the Katrina hurricane assisting where permitted. For more on this we can recommend reading this article, this article and for a special treat, watch the video below.

 

 

But Israel has even offered to assist earthquake struck areas in Iran and Turkey and other Arab and Islamic nations or any nation no matter how far or small or isolated. We could add Italy and others to this list but the one which actually got covered was Haiti where the Israeli field hospital was in place, up and running before many other places had yet gotten their clinics fully functioning, as reported in the video below in a two minute CNN report and a very surprised, perhaps shocked, reporter who happened onto the grounds and was truly amazed. The IDF medical teams, search and rescue teams, rehabilitation specialists and even their search K-9s are a very special set of dedicated people who live in a state of on-call for any emergency anywhere on the globe where their assistance is accepted. These are specialized teams who specialize in specific areas as the reaction to different emergencies produces specific and special demands such as the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan severely damaged their reactors which required specialists in nuclear contamination, containment and clearance of radioactive materials plus on the treatment side the need was for burn relief and repair, cancer screens, radiation sickness and mitigation of contaminated personnel. Israel would send these teams into any nation which was proven when they offered to aid Iran after their deadly earthquake and did assist Turkey. Israel places her love of life above politics and it is a driving ethic within the military, police and special units. Below the video, we have included a map of locations for the IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world through the first half of 2015.

 

 

Locations of IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world up through the first half of 2015

Locations of IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world up through the first half of 2015

 

Israeli forces take minimizing loss of life into consideration in every operation on each step taken. Does this result in no civilian casualties, unfortunately not, as there will be collateral damage resulting from unintended consequences in any military action. Of course, this does not matter as far as the United Nations, Human Rights Council, European Union and the leftist media are concerned. While they pretty much ignore Syria’s use of chemical weapons (until President Trump arrived), minor mention is made of the dead civilians resulting from United States and NATO wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but let one Palestinian Arab suffer an injury, let alone a death of one, the world gets into an uproar as if somebody had bombed the Vatican or Mecca. The conditions do not matter nor does the situation, only that Israel can be depicted as imperfect and lacking in some way. There are two scales for weighing evidence of wrongdoing, one very lenient used for most if not almost all of the world and one so stringent that nothing short of Hashem could meet the expectation which is reserved for Israel. For a more in depth coverage of some of the strange and special measures used only against Israel, please read this article. To add some more ways Israel differs from other nations when directing their conflicts, Israel drops fliers, makes cell phone calls, and makes announcements on radio informing the Palestinian Arabs of where the IDF will be operating and the estimated time the troops will arrive in an area. Immediately we get challenged asking, does that not warn the enemy combatants allowing them to set up traps and ambushes? Oddly enough the answer Israel gives is, yes, it does and we will just have to deal with that. Also, even in airstrikes in support of ground troops, before loosing a bomb or missile, the pilot must check with command one final time where a command level officer and a lawyer from the IDF legal and international law specialist review all information including often live drone camera feed of the target, which they have watched while the aircraft was airborne, and have requested that the pilot himself take a good check of the area and even provide video all before allowing the attack. This does result in attacks on even high level targets to be scrubbed because there were too many civilians in the strike area. Yet, much of the world systems refuse to accept IDF inspections of itself and its operations despite their proving time and again that they will prosecute any offense committed by one of their soldiers. The world is always ready to believe the worst stories invented about the IDF with one of the most infamous being the Al-Durah Myth where a French television news operation concocted their own story about the IDF murdering an innocent youth intentionally replete with video shot of the episode which required editing to even make it acceptable to back the story. After checking the facts, which took quite some time, as the IDF had to review every action they had been involved with the entire day as none fit the story. The IDF checked and rechecked and could not verify or deny the story and could only reply that they had no facts backing the claims made. It took months for that myth to finally be revealed and put down but in the Arab world, al-Durah is still considered a holy martyr. Another over the top exaggeration by the media was the battle in the refugee camp within the city of Jenin. For an in-depth report including maps of the battle area, please read this article.

 

Still, despite being on a war ready standing more than almost any other nation on earth and having faced mortal threats from every neighbor and often all neighbors and other nations as well on numerous occasions, Israel is still the little start-up nation out of which comes numerous innovations, new techniques, new technologies, new agricultural plants, new agricultural water usage with other innovations, new apps for your mobile phone, even the mobile phone itself, instant messenger programs, computer innovations, medical advances and on and on. One can only wonder what else Israel might produce if she were left intact and in peace. Israel is on the verge of finding cures for many forms of cancer and is amongst the most advanced nations in the treatment of this deadly disease. We can merely scratch the surface when attempting to proclaim the wonders that have come from Israel and been shared with the world. Israel is probably the most involved nation when it comes to assisting the villages and small towns throughout Africa where Israel installs water treatment and new and modern concepts and technologies to assist these places with crop growth, production and storage as well as assists with medical training and providing equipment to hospitals and much more as listed in this article. More information can be found in this article and this group.

 

But what makes Israel extra special is the one reason it is hoped will never be realized. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People just as it was when Joshua brought the Israelites to the Promised Land and when King David made Jerusalem its eternal capital 1050 B.C.E. and is once again what it has always been, the one place on the Earth where any Jew is welcomed and will be protected. The lives which could have been saved if only Israel had not been conquered and forgotten for two and a half millennia are nearly uncountable. Israel is life rafts for the Jewish People should they ever face a madman such as Hitler or Nebakanezzer or countless others from the pagan idolaters of old through Christianity and then Islamic leaders all used the Jews as their scapegoat. Israel took in the 850,000 plus Jews evicted from the nations in which their families had lived for over a thousand years without much more than the clothes they were wearing as the Arab and Muslim worlds purged their populations of the Jew. These Jews make up half of the population and it is starting to get to the point where the European Jew and the Middle East and Northern African Jew no longer exist as separate as through intermarriage a new group is emerging, the Jew without any descriptors. We have one such here at BTC whose father was from London and mother was an Iraqi Jew from Bombay, now Mumbai. This is the future of Israel, to mend and meld the once disparate forms of Judaism into a single religion. There are already calls from people within the government to merge the two Chief Rabbis making it a single person as Chief Rabbi representing all of the Jews in their developing oneness. If we are to truly be with Hashem as our model, His is the ultimate and undefinable oneness, thus we as Jews must strive for oneness in our religious observances and our lives lived together in mutual support and harmony. Is Israel there yet? Unfortunately, the answer is no, we have quite a ways to go. There are definitive signs that progress is being made and at a pace about what one might expect. Israel has to also make sure that she provides as safe an area as is possible but it is also up to each Israeli to take responsibility for personal situational awareness. Currently Israel is being challenged from Gaza, threatened from Syria, Iran and Lebanon with Hezballah yet we must also ready ourselves and our infrastructure with the expectation that large segments of the remaining Jews in the Diaspora making their return home rather suddenly and unexpectedly. This is the case from England should Jeremy Corbin become Prime Minister and there are also challenges across Europe which are making the Jews fairly nervous and uncertain. Israel must be prepared for all of them despite knowing not all will leave and those who leave will not all arrive in Israel as of yet. Israel must prepare to accommodate probably about three to four million Jews from North America sometime in the next twenty years or so. Currently, very few even see this as a possibility on the far horizon but we believe this could come suddenly and with little notice by the average Jew in North America. Israel is the place of refuge during the storms which inevitably come, often just as the Jew has become about as assimilated as any group can become. As throughout Jewish history, whenever we get so assimilated that many cannot tell who is a Jew and many Jews forget their heritage and are seemingly lost to Judaism, and then come those who want to label the Jew as an animal to be hunted down and their blood drenching the lands. This happened with the Persians and Haman through the Greeks, Romans, Christians, Muslims and continues today with a twist, but it will end with the Jews under threat of death with the more assimilated Jews believing they must mean those other Jews who wear their Yarmulkes and Tzitzit. They are always shocked when the enforcement troops or police come for them or those close to them. This is when they finally get nervous remembering their Jewish past and how if their grandparents or great-grandparents are researched, it will be found that they were Jews buried in a Jewish area of the cemetery and this will make their pedigree known as being the Jew. Then they will know that one cannot hide their Jewishness and should never want to do so. It has never worked and it will not prevail this time as well. That is why Israel needs to be prepared for virtually anything from Western nations becoming National or International Socialists as both groups consider the Jew as inferior and not actually human or the West may fall to Islam leaving Israel in a very precarious position. But still there will be an Israel forever as this will be our final return for all time which is left to us. Israel is the one and only thing which every Jew can gain some benefit and possibly even some joy; we have definitely found joy thanks to the other Israelis we have met and come to know and pray with. Israel is warmth and acceptance on a level beyond description and likely also understanding, but Israel does love us.

 

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