Beyond the Cusp

May 2, 2018

Jewish Acceptance About to Die in Europe

 

There are any numbers of measurements which one can point to depicting threats to the continued acceptance of the presence of Jews. The increased levels of anti-Semitism and the accompanying violence perpetrated on Jewish members of numerous European nations is just the beginning. France has witnessed so much violence targeting Jews that they have called up reservists activating their military units and placed them at virtually every Jewish institution where Jews may congregate. This has meant that French soldiers are guarding every Synagogue, every Jewish school, almost every Jewish pre-school, a plethora of Jewish daycares and even some Jewish markets, especially in Friday afternoon as the Shabbat shopping rush takes place. Even with all of this has not completely prevented anti-Semitic attacks in France as the recent murder of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor in Paris, Mireille Knoll. This harmless lady was stabbed eleven times and violated in other ways before her apartment was set on fire. The bottom of the article lists a number of other similar anti-Semitic driven murders committed in the French recent past. The list is honestly frightening, and we are only in France.

 

Moving to the east we enter Germany on which we just reported on the assault of a Jewish youth on the streets of Berlin resulting in the youth being more seriously wounded than initially thought. This attack was simply representative of one side of a triple-sided closure of German Jews, two of them described in this USA Today article which defines threats from the Islamic refugee influx and the nationalist right-wing neo-Nazi and related anti-Semitic groups. The third threat comes from some on the extreme left who have taken to blaming the Jews for the increasing violence against the Jews themselves. As pointed out deep in this article, there has also been a rise in anti-Semitism on the left as well as the right and amongst some of the Muslims with growth coming from all the aforementioned sides. Even in the schools anti-Semitic bullying has occurred targeting girls and boys alike.

 

Sweden is not an ideal place filled with acceptance and love for their Jewish population which is facing increasing violence with Malmo becoming a city with what might only be called no-go areas for Jews. In Italy it is reported that from Malmo we go to Milan and the hate is the same anti-Semitism which has even infected soccer crowds. We are shown that being called a ‘Jew’ is one of the worst insults used by Italians which happens at soccer matches despite efforts by the authorities. Moving across the Channel to Britain we find that anti-Semitic hate crimes hit record high as violent assaults increase by more than a third in a year. These are simply an introduction as expressing Jewish themes or following actual religious obligations become crimes, these are the real signs that Europe will soon spit out its Jews if not worse.

 

But the real stories lie at opposing ends of Europe. Poland has recently passed a new law making a crime out of references to any Polish participation in the Nazis genocidal murder of Jews during World War II, thus making such a thought crime and against national speech code. Even worse is when even performing Mitzvahs and fulfilling Biblical commandments become criminal acts. How can a Jew remain living in a nation and raise a family when performing even the most basic and central command from the Torah, one demanded of Avraham by Hashem and practiced by the Jews during the Exodus before entering the Holy Lands and the rite by which every male child shares the same covenant made by Avraham when committing to Hashem and his ways and laws. The Mitzvah of the covenant to which we refer is Circumcision, an act which will become illegal and punishable by a punishment of up to six years in prison. This is what a new law recently proposed by Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir from the Progressive Party, a center-right, populist party, along with eight other members of Parliament from across the political spectrum. Should this become law, then the message is that Jews, as well as Muslims, are not welcome in Iceland and that any residing in Iceland who has a male child will be required to choose between following the laws of the land or the laws of their people and Torah. Any Jew who is honest will choose Torah and making the covenant for their child with Hashem and need to leave Iceland or become a fugitive from Justice. Such a law has been passed before in Europe back in Nazi Germany where having been circumcised was very likely a death sentence as it was considered proof positive that one was a Jewish male.

 

Aurora Borealis Over Reykjavík, Iceland

Aurora Borealis Over Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are amongst the countries who have considered circumcision bans in the modern era. Thus far, none have actually been passed and stood challenges but it is very likely that Iceland will blast through that door and not simply unlock and open it. This will not be a polite passage of a ban as it has been made clear and indisputably shown that passing such a law banning circumcision would be a religious ban and insult to both Judaism and Islam and that believers of these faiths, one of the world’s largest and potentially the world’s oldest religions, would find residing in a nation with such a law on the books impossible. The problem is that once this door has been even cracked open, let alone blown off its hinges, will begin to allow the other nations who had previously considered banning circumcision will return to reconsider and this time having a precedent which they can point to as their license to follow suit in protecting infant male children from the imposition of barbarous actions of the religiously dogmatic parents. Europe has been moving towards considering religious people to be dogmatic and suffering mental difficulties and requiring social readjustment and potentially claiming such people as unfit parents. Adding circumcision to the intended acts of a religious person may soon come to be cause for placing a child under state care. This will be the threat which will send European Jews rushing for the exits taking their children where their safety will be better assured.

 

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April 3, 2018

As Goes France Go Europe then America

 

Over the past decade, France has witnessed just over one grisly slaughtering of a Jew each year.* Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, was stabbed multiple times and then left in her burning Paris apartment to bleed and burn to death simultaneously. The first was Ilan Halimi who was befriended by a woman and when she asked him to meet her for a drink, little did he know he was to become a sacrificial lamb in nearly a month of torture.** The other people residing in the apartment block had to have heard the blood curdling screams the young man released begging for help and eventually for death. After almost a month of pure hell, he was finally released as told in the article, “On February 13, at five o’clock in the morning, Ilan was first shaven, like six million other Jews, and flung into the forest by his torturers. He managed to take the mask off his eyes, and as Fofana later reported, look them straight in the eye. I am a human being, his eyes told them. He received a few knife stabs for that. Then, like many of the six million before him he was set on fire and burned alive, having been sprayed with a flammable substance. Then his tormentors left.” One of his tormentors, Fofana, upon sentence being passed stated proudly, even defiantly, “I killed a Jew, and for that I will go to Paradise.” There was no remorse or even the ability to identify with their victim as human because he was a Jew after all. These murders over the past ten years have taken everyone from children as young as three, six and ten shot in the Toulouse Jewish school shootings which also took the life of one of the school’s Rabbis and father to the youngest victims.# These were the murders just in France where the greatest numbers of European Jews reside. France’s Jewish population at last count was approximately four-hundred-fifty-thousand people. Next greatest reside in the United Kingdom with an approximate numbers of Jews of two-hundred-ninety-thousand and next is Germany with a Jewish population of approximately one-hundred-fifteen-thousand and the remainder of Europe having far less. The total European Jewish population is approximately one and one-half-million which is a mere fifteen-hundredths of one percent of Europe’s total population. That is next to nothing and yet the continent apparently finds even that few to be far too many.

 

The remainder of Europe has fewer violent acts of anti-Semitism simply due to lack of available options, available Jews of whom to victimize. As per the article “Anti-Semitism is still alive in Germany as Jews face ‘disturbing’ discrimination,” the combination of Islamic immigrant anti-Semitism and resurgent ‘right-wing’ anti-Semitism has led to problematic situations. Displaying the rise of publicly expressed anti-Semitism was most obvious when in Berlin demonstrations celebrated the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of leading Nazi figure Rudolf Hess, on Aug. 19, 2017 (see image below). As is most usual, there is very little reporting of ‘left-wing’ anti-Semitism. Where this is a relatively new situation, the rise of anti-Semitism on the left exists and must not be given a free pass, as it is just as dangerous and real as the other forms of anti-Semitism. Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), is currently the third-largest party in the Bundestag (German Parliament) a mere four years after it was founded. The AfD drums up support with nationalist and anti-Semitic rhetoric as well as anti-immigrant chants. Some AfD members have expressed desires to have Nazi soldiers remembered as patriots. As stated, anti-Semitism is rising, one might claim rampant, across Europe as reported by the BBC in their article Fans protest during Holocaust tribute at Serie A matches where it was reported, “On Sunday at Rome’s Olympic Stadium a section of Lazio fans known as the “ultras” – known for their racist chants and often violent behaviour – left stickers of Holocaust victim Frank in a Roma jersey alongside anti-Semitic slogans such as ‘Roma fans are Jews’.

 

Berlin demonstrations celebrated the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of leading Nazi figure Rudolf Hess

Berlin demonstrations celebrated the commemoration of
the 30th anniversary of the death of leading Nazi figure Rudolf Hess

 

Anti-Semitism is on the rise across Europe with some places having become almost impossible for Jews to remain in their homes and even their synagogues have been firebombed. The worst of these attacks have come in Sweden with the town of Malmo amongst the most prevalent in violent acts of anti-Semitism. Malmo Mayor Ilmar Reepalu had advised Jews who want to be safe in Malmo to reject Zionism. Though he has condemned anti-Semitism, Reepalu has called Zionism a form of ‘extremism’ comparable with anti-Semitism, said the Jewish community had been ‘infiltrated’ by anti-Muslim agents and denied that Muslims perpetrated the attacks on Malmo Jews. In an article written for the Huffingtonpost titled, “Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe: History Repeating Once Again,” goes into some depth about the rising levels of anti-Semitism across Europe. European anti-Semitism is a dire threat rising once more, but then again, European anti-Semitism and its counterpart across all of the Arab and almost all the Muslim world, particularly the MENA## States. The Jews, originally the Israelites, were conquered by Babylon when the Northern Kingdom fell in 722 BCE leading to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. The remainder, Judah, the southern kingdom, was subsequently conquered by Babylon in around 610 to 605 BCE. The Judeans were eventually to be known as simply the Jews. After Babylon, the Jews were conquered and subjugated by the Persians, Greeks and Romans. The Romans dispersed the Jews as they had the Carthaginians in an effort to destroy those two peoples as well as others who the Romans destroyed. The Jews survived their dispersion and continued to be subjugated by Europeans and after the conquest by Islam in 636 CE and the subjugation of the MENA states followed soon thereafter right up to the current day. Torah and traditions and practices in the Oral Law written in the Talmud, which is a living document of Judaism where every idea and practice is discussed and argued from all sides. Some arguments are posed simply to force clarification of a concept or action being discussed and does not necessarily, or in some cases even in the wildest interpretation, actually convey Jewish thought and are used for argument only. Often it is these arguments which are cherry-picked and made public with the intent of shaming Jews and disgracing Judaism. Such practices are known false representations but still crop up in use by the anti-Semites. The MENA States (which were also the Caliphates and then the Ottoman Empire through to World War I) along with Europe often treated their Jewish populations as victim populations upon who all ills were blamed often leading to pogroms, murderous rages, burning of their Jews and other atrocities often beyond imagination. Jews would be forced from one city or nation to another over and over never really finding their real home. The vast majority of Jews have been forced from their lives and homes across the MENA States so the remaining anti-Semitism is more often targeted at Israel. Europe still has a Jewish population but it is slipping away, or should we be honest and call it what it is, fleeing.

 

There is a remaining problem, America. What makes this problem so easy to ignore is that American Jews appear oblivious to the problem. Even the New York Times has written about the lack of reaction by American Jews in their article titled “Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren’t American Jews Speaking Up? The reason is easy and even obvious to any neutral observer with even a modicum of intelligence. The answer is there are Jews who have noted the rising anti-Semitism, but their voices do not matter, as they currently are the minority. These are the Orthodox Jews who reside largely in close, long established communities in major metropolitan areas such as Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Greeley and, of course, New York. They are also largely conservative and vote predominantly Republican and while vocal within their community, they otherwise appear rather silent, well, that is when compared to their brethren who are far more political and rather less religious.

 

The Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and non-conventional Jews are vocally political and some congregations have adopted the leftist political agenda as the structure around which they build their Judaism. They run numerous NGOs which support left leaning ideas such as gun control, open borders, free abortions, free tuition, urban renewal, nuke free world and the entire plethora of similar pie in the sky, pipe dream and utopian agenda. They are blind to any kind of problems, shortcomings or other complications which make the left just as possible to make mistakes and errors in judgement as the right wing which is constantly scurrilously attacked by the left and their media allies. These politically active Jews are far more boisterous and make themselves heard and often fill the argument drowning out all else. Because they are so enamored with the left and leftist causes, they also are blind to any deficiencies and even when they do see such problems, they will find some means of explaining them away. A glaring example was the known relationship between President Obama and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the mutual relationship they held with Minister Louis Farrakhan, a known and severe anti-Semite. The same is true of most of the anti-Semitism prevalent on the left with such people as Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women’s March who emphatically made a statement when they stated that the Women’s Movement has no room for Zionism. Even after this statement made in order to exclude feminists if they were pro-Israel because being a Jew who believes in the right of your people to have what is granted almost all other peoples, their own nation to call home, then you cannot be a feminist. Truth is, the left is slowly but inexorably moving towards a place where in order to truly be accepted, one must first declare their hatred for the State of Israel. Now for the saddest and most distressing item, many leftist Jews see no problem with this and blindly jump onboard with defaming and attempting to destroy the Jewish State. Israel is the Jews Second Amendment, the place where Jews will be protected from all threats no matter their origins. We can only ask such Jews a simple question. When the left finally reaches the unavoidable end of their slide into anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism and their anti-religion, especially Judaism, and decides that the world must once again exterminate its Jews, where will they run?

 

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* 11 Jews massacred in France, just as ISIS did in Syria by Giulio Meotti.

** The Shocking Murder of Ilan Halimi by Deborah Freund.

# France shooting: Toulouse Jewish school attack kills four

MENA = Middle East and North Africa

January 30, 2016

The Disappearing Israel Should They Get Their Way

 

Swedish schoolbooks which have maps have no Israel written in Arabic and that have been distributed among school children in the city of Malmö, Sweden, the town where visibly being a Jew makes one a target for threats, harassment and possible physical violence which will not be pursued as a crime by the authorities. This is the result of further Arab pressures coming predominantly from the presumably cash strapped Palestinian Authority. Perhaps you remember them from a number of months back coming with their hands out, tears in their eyes with sobs breaking forth between the quivering pathetic whispers, very loud whispers, about being broke and the mean world which had not contributed sufficiently to their needy and worthy cause. The same Palestinian Authority which could almost be blamed for Europe’s insolvency as they, along with the United States and United Nations, provided them with billions, if not trillions of Euros and Dollars.

 

Meanwhile, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) is a separately funded agency taking care of only the Arab Palestinians set-up in such a way as to expand, not resolve the refugee crisis. It is a singular refugee agency separate of the main United Nations refugee agency, the one which covers every other refugees and has them settled or relocated usually within five to ten years, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). It represents the United Nations Refugee Agency and is currently resettling the Syrian refugees and anybody else desiring to move from the Middle East and potentially North Africa to Europe, Canada, the United States and potentially Australia. There are a group of nations which will not assume any of the tasks for resettling these refugees and the others who accompany their flooding tide into Europe; which are almost any Arab nations, Israel, Japan, Mexico and a few others who either have security concerns or laws which prevent their taking in refugees. They prefer their borders not be inundated with foreigners and any who so manage to relocate and even gain citizenship still are barred from owning land. We should get back to the main point before we drift out of range.

 

There has been a steady and expensive political pressure and propaganda war against Israel by numerous NGOs and other groups and organizations all being coordinated out of Ramallah and indirectly the offices of Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat, Muhammad Abed Rabbo and a very well-funded, well-staffed and globally connected to support groups and coordinators spread world-wide with their main efforts in Europe, the United States and Canada. Their main coordination are with left and far-left groups and politicians along with the countable multitudes of those who just needed to know they were not alone in wanting that Jewish State destroyed. The numbers willing to join groups or organizations which peddle blood libels, some so dated it is difficult to believe, they are being recycled and believed here in the Twenty-First Century with an internet which one can search and would hope that the first entry would point them out to be lies.

 

Oh well, figured perhaps we ought to test this out first and we were partially correct. The blood to make special Passover Matzah first entry was informing that this was a lie and a very well-worn blood libel against Jews but it was followed by a mix of obvious hoaxes mixed in with some other actual believers. Why we are even the slightest surprised as the latest publication of Mein Kampf hit the best seller list within the week of its release. Further, the fact that in much of MENA nations (Middle East and North Africa) not only is Mein Kampf a perennial top seller but so too are the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. One has to wonder if the Czars even imagined that their little blood libel would outlive them by over one-hundred-years and be used to turn an entire continent and more into virulent Jew haters and that their every word would be taken as sworn fact. This all goes to answer those who claim that such things need not be discredited and their falsities are made public at every opportunity as nobody, or at least no sane person, would ever believe these obvious frauds.

 

Well, amongst the crowds where most of us live, work and socialize, that is true; but most of us never spend much time socializing with people outside our comfort zone. After all, when was the last time any of us spent a Saturday night at a biker bar off the beaten trail in Death Valley? Didn’t think so. Leave it that those who honestly believe such lies do not exactly check the validity of these spurious claims at Snopes.com and mostly hang with others who simply reinforce such lies as if in an echo chamber where such claims are repeated more often than we could ever imagine. Please trust that such people exist even probably close to wherever one might be reading this article as for all one knows somebody in the building or Internet café might very well be reading and surfing one of the many and unfortunately ubiquitous web sites or forums where the greatest evil threatening the world are the ever plotting Jews who control the White House, yes, even President Obama’s White House, as he was supported by APAC on many of his many signature legislative efforts, you know.

 

What has become frightening is that across many Western Universities a Jew wearing anything which identifies them as Jewish is very likely to be assailed and even assaulted. They would live with near constant beratements and insults. During any of the anti-Israel and anti-Zionist demonstrations such as the BDS protests (boycott, divestment and sanction), Israel Apartheid Week, Palestine Awareness protests, Naqba Week demonstrations, Palestinian Awareness Month and various other such demonstrations; these demonstrations are always well organized. Many have instigators trained on what buttons to push and what arguments to use to silence any Israel defender and one often used tactic is to have three or four such instigators to surround the pro-Israel person and all yell and threaten them until they retreat if only to seek safety at which point they point and loudly proclaim their victory and point to the shamed Jew lover. If the Israel defender attempts to speak, they are shouted down; and if screaming in their face and surrounding them does not intimidate them into disengaging, then the shoving where one will forcefully nudge the Israel defender pushing them just enough that they make contact with one of the others who then throws himself back usually falling and then screaming like a banshee about being struck by the pro-Israel defender and demanding loudly that their assailant be arrested. When the person walks away, the screams change to look at the shamed Jew, well, you know, see above. These and numerous other tactics can be used which can be referenced in “Rules for Radicals.” The rules have not changed, just the target. In the 1960s the target was the man as he had all the power, now the target is the Jew amongst the nations, Israel and the Jews by presumed association, as they are presumed to be the new power structure.

 

The proof is in the facts of how Israel has the undefeatable IDF (Israeli Defense force), nuclear weapons, and sits in control of Washington, banking, Wall Street, media, the European governments, the European Union and the most delicious of them all, the United Nations. Then there are the sins of Israel which are legendary such as their Apartheid laws as the Palestinian Arabs have not been permitted to vote since 2004 and two elections have been cancelled, never mind that they were cancelled by Mahmoud Abbas and friends who desired to hang on to power and control of the monies. Such things are left unspoken as they might ruin the whole house of cards which is the entire libels against Israel. Israel is also carrying out a systematic genocide against the Arab Palestinians, never mind the half to three-quarters of a million who existed in 1950 according to United Nations census and the current numbers approaching six or seven million. Those are some of the worst numbers if the Israelis have been carrying out a genocidal extermination as the numbers reflect so exactly the opposite that such an accusation would be laughable if anybody actually checked the claim. Then there are the claims that Israel uses disproportional force when they are forced into enforcing the rule of law or entering Gaza to put an end to Hamas and Islamic Jihad usually after their slow creeping increase in rocket fire into Israel targeting civilians reaching into hundreds each day, well past what any other nation would tolerate.

 

One could almost hear the numerous reporters when asking, out of sheer curiosity and perplexity as to the reasons that there were approaching two-thousand dead in Gaza and virtually no Israeli civilian deaths. These questions were lies on so many levels it is difficult to go through them without losing one’s mind. First, their count of the deaths in Gaza included Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters. Second, they already knew that it was as a direct use of human shields and the effectiveness of the Iron Dome in protecting Israeli civilians. It was also because Israel used shelters and the public knew well the drills for when the Code Red alarm sounded while Hamas and Islamic Jihad used basements in hospitals for their headquarters, has sufficient tunnel space to protect every Gazan but restricted their use to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Israel placed units to protect civilians while Hamas and Islamic Jihad placed their rocket and mortar launchers adjacent to buildings used to house civilians who needed (not bomb-proof and simply better than outside) shelters, schools, hospitals and residential buildings. There was a strike which hit a Gazan hospital which immediately was reported to be the result of Israeli artillery or airstrike proved to be an errant Hamas rocket.

 

 

Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

 

 

There was one absolutely ludicrous demand from the United Nations Human Rights Council following up its endorsement of the Davis Commission’s report on the 2014 Gaza conflict by insisting Israel must provide the Gaza Strip with Iron Dome missile defense system to protect the territory from rockets launched within the territory that fail to reach Israel which placed Gaza residents at risk. There was one reporter who asked directly why weren’t there more dead Jews, not even Israelis but actually Jews. The levels of hostilities shown Israel from amongst the nations of the world and the Jews as a people of the world are as shocking as they are revolting. The efforts to eradicate Israel, and in many cases those demanding the death of Israel, have every intent of following that up with the end of the Jews as a people. The Hamas Charter states such using a quote from the Hadiths quoting that the rocks will call out that there is a Jew hiding and for the servants of Allah come and kill them. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezballah actually in one of his speeches expressed how he wished that every Jew be moved to Israel as then he would not be required to go very far to murder every last Jew on the Earth. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi stated during a speech, “The only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah.”

 

 

Hassan Nasrallah Gesturing during remote feed video onto large screen during Hezballah semi-annual pretense of readiness to defeat any Israeli assault as he remain in hiding presumably beyond the reach of Israeli drones and commandos. This enhances his appearance of constantly under threat by Israeli forces seeking to assassinate him. The likely truth is that Israel had no reason, desire or even bothered to draw up plans to do so. As far as whether Israel could find Hassan Nasrallah’s various secreted locations, probably already have them pinpointed on some map just in case it becomes advantageous to remove Nasrallah from his position as the figurehead of Hezballah.

Hassan Nasrallah Gesturing during remote feed video onto large screen during Hezballah semi-annual pretense of readiness to defeat any Israeli assault as he remain in hiding presumably beyond the reach of Israeli drones and commandos. This enhances his appearance of constantly under threat by Israeli forces seeking to assassinate him. The likely truth is that Israel had no reason, desire or even bothered to draw up plans to do so. As far as whether Israel could find Hassan Nasrallah’s various secreted locations, probably already have them pinpointed on some map just in case it becomes advantageous to remove Nasrallah from his position as the figurehead of Hezballah.

 

 

European Union and the United Nations have both at some point made such over the top, ludicrous statements either as a body or through individual offices or officers that they needed to back-pedal from their statement to avoid further embarrassment. The same can be said about numerous leftist news outlets from CNN, the BBC, to French Channel 2, to the New York Times and others have all been caught in outlandish accusations about Jews, Israelis and Israel herself. Then there is the famous exchange between President Obama and then French President Sarkozy (spoofed below by one of our favorite adapted images) as they were caught exchanging statements of Sarkozy, “Netanyahu, I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.” Not ever desiring to be outdone at anything, President Obama replied, “You’re Tired of him, what about me? I have to deal with him every day.” We wish that had said it all, but the American President has recently pulled out all the stops and has both barrels lowered and ready to fire and Israel is in those crosshairs. Run!

 

Sarkozy and Obama discussing Netanyahu and by so all of Israel

 

 

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