Beyond the Cusp

February 10, 2016

Continued Terror Alert Israel, an Updated Look Back


Yesterday, as of the writing of this article, there were already three stabbing style terror attacks. These continued stabbing attacks are still accompanied by vehicular attacks ramming into crowds of people and often followed by the driver exiting the crashed vehicle and attempting stabbing. There was one who exited, leaping from his vehicle, with a hand axe and seriously injured more people with the axe than he had with his company provided vehicle. That’s right, he worked within Israel, had a decent to good paying job many would love to have and a company car and the trust of his company. In return he attempted to use that company car to murder people and then proceeded to hack at people and we posted the video Reflective Spurs Reactive showing how even after being shot he kept attempting to get to his feet and continued lunging at people trying to injure or murder until he was sufficiently struck preventing his ability to continue. He was rushed to a hospital after being treated and attempted to be and was somewhat stabilized and rushed into emergency surgery but to no avail, if memory serves, as he succumbed to his injuries as did two of his victims. This assault in particular showed how specious the argument is that the Arab terrorism in Israel is driven by racist Israeli policies and treatment, lack of decent employment opportunities, desperation from no future and every possible blame for the terrorism which can be placed at the feet of Israelis generally and Israeli Jews in particular, while the terrorists are given excuses and never to be held responsible for their actions as long as their terrorisms are carried out against Israelis or targeting Jews.


There was a rumored story where one of the general terror groups which attacked mostly Western targets and were hunted by the Western intelligence and other security agencies asked Yasser Arafat how he was able to be even excused and blessed by the western nations which were chasing down his people and Arafat responded that the secret was to only target Jews. One might be thought to challenge this statement for its validity as the nations would each protect their citizens, all their citizens including Jews, equally and surely we would be challenged to find any instances where terrorists attacking only a Jewish target were pursued any less than if they had assaulted non-Jews (picture writer smiling at the challenge). We might start with United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that the murders of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher market Hyper Cacher were understandable because of the insulting cartoon published by the Charlie Hebdo Magazine and the Hyper Cacher Kosher store on erev Shabbat because there would be mostly Jews in the store. Here are a couple of items which many may not have heard as one was not covered by many news outlets and we found out about it a while after the attacks and the other got some pay and deserves all the coverage it can possibly receive. The kosher Market Hyper Cacher also had many Muslim patrons and also had a hero in one of their workers who hid a number of the Jews doing their shopping by concealing them in the downstairs walk-in freezer turning the thermostat up so they would not freeze and remained outside of the freezer himself in case one of the terrorists came into the downstairs area. His name is Lassana Bathily and he represented the other face of Islam, the face of being a peaceful member of a multicultural community whose religion, as he practices it, is the religion of peace that we all hear about. We covered his heroism in our coverage during the days of horror in France in our article Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks, which he tried to humbly put the praise he received off and claim anyone would have done the same; he was so wrong and if only all the world would have done the same in similar circumstances the world would be a far better place for such. The other side has to do with the Charlie Hebdo attack where the terrorists had researched their targets extensively. They allowed the women employees from Charlie Hebdo to all leave unharmed, almost; there was an exception, one female employee whose work was no different than the women allowed to depart, except she was different, so very different. Her name was Elsa Cayat, a Jew, the only female Jew, targeted for her Jewishness, nothing else made her different, she was average height, average weight, pleasant appearance, and did same work but was born a Jew. It mattered not if she attended Synagogue, prayer, studied Torah or even considered herself as a Jewess but since she was born of a Jewish mother and that was all the reason the terrorists required to murder her in cold blood. Imagine the dread and fatalist stark terror she felt knowing why she had been singled out from the rest of the women and just waiting those horrific minutes until the end came for her as it did to the other cartoonists and editors were all executed. Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman” and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family. According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21, and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.



Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman” and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family. According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21, and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.

Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman”
and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family.
According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born
psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21,
and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.



Two other examples took place in Argentina; the first was the Israeli Embassy on March 17, 1992, where twenty-nine people were murdered, four Israelis and twenty-five Argentine. Non-fatal injuries included two-hundred-forty-two civilians. The second in took place on July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) was bombed (see below) and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public. The vigilant and dedicated prosecutor was to give testimony the next day before the Argentine Parliament about the eighty-five murdered victims and the over three-hundred injured. His report was rumored to potentially implicate high officials including perhaps a past President and even the sitting President. Prosecutor Nisman was found dead in his apartment and his death was initially reported to have been a suicide. This farce was quickly revealed and refuted but the continuing investigation onto the AIMA bombing had gone cold and retracted evidence while any investigation into Alberto Nisman’s untimely death has also gone absolutely nowhere despite reported rumors claim that he was assassinated by Hezballah or IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) murder squad to stifle the evidence he had pointing the finger at high Iranian involvement, potentially President Rowhani and high IRGC officers, some of which hold high officers in the present government.



July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) was bombed and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public.

July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina)
was bombed and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently
murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public.



Going back a few years to January 21, 2006 the ordeal of torture and ransom demands in the abusive victimization of Ilan Halimi (pictured below), a young man of twenty-three years, was ignored by the media plus those who did cover story omitted the fact that he was Jewish which may have played a major role in his being targeted. The family’s lawyer, Francis Szpiner, may have described the ordeal and the additional crimes committed in the story about Ilan Halimi when he complained that reports even after his death and obvious torture to extents considered inhuman and sadistic beyond modern sensibilities when he stated, “the silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed.” The Chilling story about what was perpetrated upon this young man simply because he was a Jew and Jews have money was written by Giulio Meotti.



Silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed

Silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped
to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence,
because the public was not told why he was killed



The stories from the corners of the earth are a testimony that anti-Semitism in its raw form or wrapped in the most recent disguises of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism in politics, reporting, investigating of crimes perpetrated and, the most chilling, remembrance and memory which is particularly short when the victims are Jews. Should an Arab Muslim be handled other than with deference and respect the newspapers and newscasts around the world howl and morn this travesty of justice but a young Jews be tortured for over three weeks and the only reaction from the people hearing his screams was to come to the door of these monsters and request to whip or put cigarettes or try a new and inventive torture before the wretched remains were doused with gasoline and lit on fire as a final tortured manner to end the torment and murder the Jew. Even this he survived and was stumbling in the hope of receiving some assistance, any assistance but there was no sympathy. Had some of the first to come across what had to be a pitying and horrific sight of a mass of flesh barely human in its appearance, but had just one assisted this soul immediately then he may have been saved and nursed back to life. Unfortunately his fate was sealed; this was France, the home of the Vichy.


The pictures below are the remains of the bus and some of the aftermath of a suicide bombing where seven people lost their lives and dozens were injured, many quite seriously. This assault could have been far worse but a brave Israeli all but knowingly sacrificed himself and more crucially his body to prevent the bomber from entering the bus forcing them to detonate outside of the bus lessening the fatalities from the incident. This attack, like most of these terrorist strikes, was under reported and faded from the pages that chronicle events of importance. The lives of Jews are still undervalued by their fellow men as the death of a sports star, rock-n-roll singer all deserve more ink for a much longer period as a catharsis appears to be required while the death of Jews is almost the tranquilizer that glazes over the eyes of too many around the world but particularly in Europe. This bus, like Elsa Cayat at Charlie Hebdo, like Hyper Cacher Kosher market, like the AIMA bombing, like Alberto Nisman, like Ilan Halimi and like far too many others in numbers are dizzying that span the extent of human history and even before. This tour bus had been rented by a group of Israelis and instead of taking them to a vacation of sun and fun it was the vehicle utilized by a set of terrorists to ply their twisted trade again upon those innocents who were guilty of one sole characteristic, they were Jews. But this tragedy received scant attention within the week, put to bed with nary a follow-up that we could find about those hospitalized and the rate of their recovery. For far too many this vacation became a victimization brought down upon them by the oldest known hatred perpetrated by man upon mankind and too often for it to be anything but deliberate, the crime of passionate hate brought once again upon the Jewish People. The need for Israel is greatest when the world most desires to deny us the right of having our own nation. It is when the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) Movement and too many others, some even Jewish siding with those who would destroy us and them without giving our opposing politics a moments glance. These are the times the Jewish People need an Israel where at least this one place exists where Jews can protect Jews by force of arms if that is what is required.



Tour Bus Reserved by Jewish Groups Outside Burgas, Bulgarian Airport After Suicide Bomber Detonated Their Explosives Murdering Seven Fortunately Blocked From Entering Bus by One Brave Individual Who Sacrificed Saving Numerous Others Already in the Bus

Tour Bus Reserved by Jewish Groups Outside Burgas, Bulgarian Airport
After Suicide Bomber Detonated Their Explosives Murdering Seven
Fortunately Blocked From Entering Bus by One Brave Individual
Who Sacrificed Saving Numerous Others Already in the Bus



Ask yourself where the world would have been had Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. Of course we may get the next best thing, the Mullocracy in Iran with Nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. Ask where would the world have been had Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad had nuclear bombs instead of barrel bombs to drop upon his own people, well, not so much people as countrymen. His people are the Alevites who are but a small part of the Syrian peoples, as Russia is finding out much to their dismay. Remember that when Israel knocked out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program which was being aided by the French, the United States stopped weapons purchases for almost a year as that airstrike caused quite an uproar in the Arab world and the United States was placed in a particularly vulnerable spot where the choice was placate the Arabs and short Israel or cover for Israel and going without the next need to placate the Arab world and reap their indignation.


The Jews are referred to as the canaries and the world as the coal mine. We Jews are tossed at the enemies of the Western World just as we had done under many the tacticians of many of the empires throughout history, one might remember we saw the rise and fall of many a ruler over all that is worth ruling until their neighbor appeared weak and the Jews were thrown against the battlements and if they were slightly successful then the full assault could begin. Sometimes being wanted for an important purpose is simply another way of defining a potentially foolhardy poking and prodding your intended target, testing intended enemies’ strengths and seeking their weaknesses. Jews might have sacrificed a ram before going into battle but it seems Europeans and the Sultans both had their own way, they sacrificed their Jews. Such an honor I could gladly do without.


Beyond the Cusp


June 17, 2014

Jerusalem Protests Over Force-Feeding Hunger Strike Prisoners

I was blessed to spend yesterday with a group touring Jerusalem (יְרוּשָׁלַיִם) and part of my visit took me in the vicinity of the Knesset Building. As we was about a block away making our way to take pictures and hear a presentation on the large Menorah, which is the official National Symbol of Israel, we passed one of the protest groups which one usually can expect to run into in the government center of any democratic and free nation. The current protest is against the forced-feeding of prisoners being held in Israeli detention facilities. The hunger-striking prisoners includes a mix of detainees and prisoners with most of them falling into one of three categories; convicted terrorists where their crimes span from attempting to perform a terrorist strike all the way to multiple murders, political prisoners who are mostly terrorist organizers who have committed any of a number of actions in support of terror, and security prisoners who have committed acts against Israel attempting to alter her political institutions and undermine the elected government. The reasons behind the hunger strikers vary depends on which group of such prisoners each hunger-striking prisoner chooses to commit themselves to. One of the main reasons currently given is to get one particular Hamas prisoner released from solitary confinement.


Be that as it may, the question before the Knesset is about whether to force-feed these prisoners once their health has deteriorated sufficiently that they have been transferred to a hospital. It currently appears that the legislation has sufficient support to pass providing there are no drastic changes of opinions. The main groups opposing the forced-feeding are many of the physicians including the Israeli Chairman of the Medical Association Dr. Leonid Idelman. Dr. Idelman has written a letter for all physicians who have hunger-striking prisoners under their care and has instructed them to choose not to force-feed these inmates. He wrote, “In recent weeks, many dozens of hunger striking prisoners have been transferred from the Israel Prisons Service to the hospital wards nationwide, and their number is growing daily. As you know, treating hunger strikers is a special challenge that the doctors are as yet unfamiliar with. The situation is unusual and requires unconventional measures.” Dr. Idelman adds referencing a recent conference which addressed this “complex situation” with Senior Officials from the Health Ministry, Hospital Directors and Assistant Deputies, along with ward directors, heads of scientific unions in the IMA and others participating where it was concluded, “A procedure of force feeding hunger strikers despite their objection involves a real danger to their health and is opposed to the overriding rules of non-maleficence and maintaining the patient’s autonomy over his body, upon which the doctors’ ethical code is based. Force feeding is forbidden in the ethical rules of the Medical Association, and those accepted worldwide, including Tokyo Declaration 1495 and Malta Declaration 1441 of the International Medical Association.”


Well, let me be clear, I have no reason to doubt Dr. Idelman when he quotes such esteemed issuances such as the Tokyo Declaration 1495 and Malta Declaration 1441, but I am certain there has to be something less dated and results from modern precedents. As it turns out, there are such issuances with the most recent being convened to discuss the forced-feeding of hunger-strikers in Guantanamo Prison, an American facility just off the southern tip of Florida on the Cuban Islands. The consensus was that such actions are forbidden unless two physicians determine that the prisoner, patient according to rulings, is determined to no longer be able to choose whether they should receive nourishment or not. Included in the determining factors to be weighed is the threat to the patient’s life or the determination of imminent death. The boards also realized that there could be cases where the patient never lost consciousness and refused food to the end and as a result dies due to their hunger-strike. According to the rulings where this has been discussed, every board I could find lays the blame for the prisoner’s death resulting from their choice to commit to a hunger strike lies with the prisoner and not the physicians or the nation holding the hunger-striking prisoner.


Now this is where the real fun begins. Let us simply take the few dozen demonstrators I saw about one block from the Knesset building carrying signs with most in Hebrew or Arabic but some of the largest signs were in bold red English letters. One can only wonder for whom the English letters were intended. Could it be their friends in America and the English speaking world which includes much of Europe or were they aimed at the local population many of which speak Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, French, Farsi, and virtually every other language in the world other than English. We know that those signs were for the international market, particularly CNN, FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC and the rest of the international press. The real question is how long after a single hunger-striking prisoner managed to remain in control and starved themselves to death before those protest signs demanding that the prisoners’ rights be observed and their hunger-strike remain under their wishes and equating forced-feeding with torture were swapped out declaring the Israeli physicians and prison officials along with the usual Knesset and government officials including especially Prime Minister Netanyahu as murderers and insisting they be brought to trial before the Hague International Criminal Court on charges of prisoner abuse and human rights violations. The Israeli government is facing simply another lose-lose situation where no matter which path they choose, they are going to be condemned. If any single prisoner dies from lack of nourishment, then they were obligated to preserve this prisoner’s life and to have force-fed them but as long as they are alive they must obey the wishes of the prisoner and not force-feed them come whatever. So, basically the Israeli officials, government, physicians and everyone else involved in this situation must decide, do I go against international law and feed these prisoners to at the very least a sustenance level in order to cause them not physical harm and face charges of torturing them or do I allow them to waste away and die because that is their expressed desire and once they die face charges of inhumane treatment and murder warrants be sworn against me by much of Europe? Which would you choose?


On a more somber note, the three abducted Israeli teenage children, Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, are still missing and the manhunt continues with the radius under suspicion continues to widen. While in Jerusalem the group visited the Kotel and the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall which is somewhat more appropriate at this time, where we all offered up prayers in private. There is a tradition of placing special prayer which we desire Heavenly assistance onto small strips of paper and wedging them into the Wall. My prayers on my piece of paper were for the health, safety and speedy return of these youths unharmed none the worse for wear. I also included a few other thoughts and opened my prayers with a short Hebrew phrase of praise to G0d. It is odd the feeling one gets when attempting to write even simple words while in the vicinity of such a holy place as the Western Wall which is literally a few tens of meters from where the Holy of Holies, the inner Sanctuary of the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was placed and where no mortal man would tread unless they were the Cohen Gadol, and even he feared for his life when treading within the one day each year he was required to enter this inner sanctum, was located during the times of the First and Second Temples. You find you are nearly paralyzed and frozen out from choosing mere words and you have to concentrate and focus one’s thoughts and slowly your note takes shape. Meanwhile, all your thoughts are known on High and this is the real and actual note which is received. Now if only my thoughts are able to convey the hurt which has fallen across all Israel with so many sharing the grief as if these young boys, Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, belonged to our own families. And once they are returned we will all celebrate because then we all will feel as if our own family has again been made whole.


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April 16, 2012

From the Hidden Crevices of the Palestinian Front

Fortunately, most of the news from this past weekend will cover the horrendous attacks on the central areas of the United States by nature in one of her favorite areas to strike, Tornado Alley. Numerous twisters demolished at least one town and has been the cause of a few fatalities and numerous injured. Some coverage out of the Middle East might cover the slow escalation of the war by the Syrian government against the Syrian people in what can only be termed a battle for that countries immediate future. There will also be some sporadic coverage of the attempted fly-in to protest the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. The fact that most of the activists had their tickets cancelled and never reached their destination did not prevent their riotous behavior as they rioted at the airports in Brussels and Paris. A small number actually reached Ben Gurion International Airport where they were either immediately turned away and placed on planes back from whence they came or arrested when they resisted being turned away. There was also an incident between an IDF officer and an anarchist protester during what had been a two hour confrontation. The officer was filmed striking one of the protesters using the magazine of his rifle. Subsequently, the officer was suspended to await the results of an investigation. The clip has since received ample attention, far more than another report from other soldiers at the scene which described previous provocations by the protestor by striking the officer repeatedly with a wooden rod or stick causing broken fingers and abrasions.

Now for the hidden side of the news which will receive little attention, especially out in the wider world. While the human rights protesters were being foiled at their attempt to protest Israeli abuses, the Palestinian Authority, according to their interior minister Said Abu Ali, closed down the offices of Human Rights Organization. The Palestinian Human Rights Monitor reportedly ordered the shuttering of the human rights office for the reason that group’s activities were not consistent with the interests of the Palestinian people. Translating that from bald-faced misdirection into understandable truth, the organization was insisting on reporting on actions probably taken by the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades or other political or terror groups operating within Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank) to some world body such as the United Nations or worse, the international press going public with their findings. Obviously, the truth cannot be allowed to malign those valiant forces that have as their sole interests the destruction of the state of Israel and the maligning of the Jews in Israel or in general. As for what this agency might have been about to shine the light of day upon? Well, I cannot be sure but this next item sure would rate high on our “this might not make the Palestinian Authority look so pure” meter.

Muhammad Abu Shahala is a Palestinian Arab and a Muslim who is currently being held by the Palestinian Authority awaiting his execution for heinous crimes against the Palestinian people. He was arrested last week when news of his evil schemes came to light, crimes and schemes to which he had given a full confession after some hours of intense methods had been used to extract the truth from him. Apparently he was not completely forthcoming with the admission of his guilt and some degree of persuasion was required. The former intelligence agent for the Palestinian Authority, Muhammad Abu Shahala appears to have gone astray and joined the enemies of the Palestinian people. For this he was given a speedy trial almost immediately after he confessed and now awaits his execution which will proceed as soon as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen, finds the time to sign the order making it official. By now you must be wondering what heinous crime Muhammad Abu Shahala must be guilty of committing to raise such a fevered pitch for justice. He had the audacity to assist in selling an apartment building in Hevron to fifteen Jewish families. You see, under Palestinian Law, just as under Jordanian Law, it is forbidden under pain of death to sell any property, land, housing, or other items as may be deemed detrimental to the Palestinian cause to any Jew. So, by assisting in the sale of an apartment building to some Jewish families, Muhammad Abu Shahala must pay with his life.

Thus far the only people who seem to have taken up this poor unfortunate’s cause have been some of the leadership of the Jewish communities living in Judea and Samaria. You may have heard of these Jews who are more often referred to as “settlers” which is used as a pejorative term. The Jewish settlers who live beyond the Green Line in Judea and Samaria are often portrayed as cold-hearted, selfish people who stand in the way of any peace efforts and are attempting to steal Palestinian lands and have only the worst of intents for the Palestinian people. This is obviously why these Jewish settlers are protesting the execution of this criminal who had the audacity to sell a property to a group of Jewish families. The settlers have petitioned the Israeli government to take whatever steps prove necessary to prevent the execution, or should I say vindictive murder of Muhammad Abu Shahala. They have even called for use of a military raid to free him and prevent his sacrifice on the altar of hatred. One can only ask what kind of world are we living in if a person can be executed for selling property to somebody who happens to be Jewish. And, does the world really believe that the Palestinian Authority is ready to join in the community of nations if they use torture to gain confessions and execute their own people for selling land to a Jew? This whole sordid affair sheds a light on those who lead the Palestinian Authority and those with whom the world demands that Israel meet halfway making them into a country where such actions as this execution may continue to be commonplace. It all makes sense when you remember and add into the discussion that Mahmoud Abbas and all of the leaders in the Palestinian authority demand that once they have their own independent country it must be wiped and made free of Jews while they also demand that Israel accept millions of Palestinian Arabs as full citizens of Israel. Does nobody see the rank hypocrisy in all of this?

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