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July 5, 2019

Racial Disruptions in Israel

 

You may have, or even probably have, heard about the racial protests currently occurring in Israel. You will hear how this is exactly the same as the Ferguson, Missouri, United States, where the chant “Hands up, Don’t shoot,” slogan was born. The similarity is that an officer shot a teen and in Israel it was supposedly a ricochet as he fired into the pavement. The investigation will reveal the truth and any mistakes will have their consequences. But there are some parts of these protests which do not survive closer scrutiny. It appears that there exist two separate protests, one completely peaceful and the other violent with rioting and burning of vehicles, particularly police and other government vehicles. The peaceful protests are virtually totally populated by Ethiopian Jews while the more violent rioting has some Africans and numerous, if not a majority, white European protesters. There exists a far-left organization funded by the New Israel Fund which has been actively aiding the recent wave of protests, particularly the more violent protests. It is the joint Arab-Jewish ‘Standing Together’ organization which the NIF is funneling the necessary funds and still remain one step removed such that they can later deny their financing of the violent protests. All of this begs the question, does the Ethiopian community have valid reasons for their protests.

 

They certainly have every right to protest and demand answers after a second of their tiny community being shot by law enforcement personnel demands a closer look and explanations. The violent riots are not a valid protest and we believe that the vast majority of the Ethiopian protesters are taking part in the peaceful protests while the far-left instigators are the ones behind the violent protests. Where they might find people which could be said to represent the Ethiopians is an easy answer; they could hire any number of African migrants who are in Israel illegally. But the idea that there are racial problems in Israel is errant accusations. The reality is that the Ethiopian community is one of the most successful integrating into Israeli society and performing with exceptional efforts and accomplishments. We wish to quote this informative article relaying the following:

Turning to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics in 2011/12 and in the transition to 2012/13, we can select a few examples of the real and complex reality that portrays the Ethiopian community in Israel.
The percentage of pupils of Ethiopian origin who dropped out was slightly lower than that of the general population of pupils in Hebrew education: Approximately 1.6% of approximately 35,000 pupils of Ethiopian origin who began to study in grades 1-12 in schools under Ministry of Education supervision in the school year of 2011/12 dropped out during that year or in transition to 2012/13, compared with 1.88% among the general Hebrew education.
The percentage of women among students of Ethiopian origin who are studying for a first degree was higher than the percentage of women among the general population of students for a first degree – 66.8% versus 56.5%, respectively.
The average monthly household expenditure in households of Ethiopian origin was NIS 9,539 compared with NIS 14,272 among the general population households.
As for the I.D.F.; 90% of Ethiopian-Israeli combat soldiers complete their service, as opposed to 70% of other combat soldiers. 30% of Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers serve in combat positions, and are likely to complete their full military service

These are the statistics of an ethnic group which is integrating with effort and success out-performing the median norms for the general society. This was often one of the reasons Jews were hated wherever they were free to become thinkers as they regularly outshone the non-Jewish population. The difference is that in Israel they are out-performing other Jews and this is welcomed as it shows a desire to become a vibrant member in our society. The Ethiopians have been quite a success story but also an adventure tale of many rescues and the saving of a remote tribe of Jews. The Ethiopians came to Israel in two waves of mass immigration assisted by the Israeli government: Operation Moses (1984) rescue for six-to-eight-thousand Jews, and Operation Solomon (1991) rescuing from 1990 through 1999, of over 39,000 Ethiopian Jews were transported to Israel. Never have so many African people been taken in by a developed nation and treated as equals and given all the assistance required to bring them into the society and allowed to flourish. Almost every other importation of Africans resulted in their being sold as slaves. This was not such, this was the rescue of our brothers and sisters whom we embrace and give all the kindness we have. Israel is the least racial country one could imagine. In Israel there is virtually no form of hatred outside of a strong distaste for terrorism and other forms of violence. That is also part of why we are so assured that the violent rioting is not representative of the Ethiopians who are largely taking part in the peaceful demonstrations.

 

Tale of Two Protests both Peaceful and Violent

Tale of Two Protests both Peaceful and Violent

 

The real problem is the media, specifically the world media which loves to produce news which depicts Israel and Jews in the worst light possible. This is what much of the media are specifically covering, the violence, while their story line depicts the Ethiopian complaint represented by the peaceful protests nearby. But a peaceful protest does not reflect their preconceived notions that Israel is full of racist haters. This is best represented by the violence which is probably partially peopled with non-Israelis consisting of both African illegal migrants and European instigators. The fact that the coverage is centered on the violence which is very possibly not merely flushed out with Europeans but organized and instigated by these Europeans with few if any Ethiopians involved in the rioting. Will they also show the respectful peaceful protests, the kind of popular protest which is capable of getting results and answers from the government and an honest investigation. The peaceful protests are exactly what would be expected of the Ethiopian Jews as they were often victims to brutal treatment while in Ethiopia. They were very appreciative for the efforts Israel went to, to bring them from camps in the Sudan where they were placed in camps when they were caught attempting to walk to Israel. These were the Ethiopian Jews rescued by Operation Moses where unfortunately as news of these rescues became known, the Sudan quickly shut the operation under the insistence of their neighboring and other Arab countries. Ethiopian Jews rescued in Operation Solomon were being held in camps presumably for their protection in Ethiopia. The difficulty these Jews faced was blatant anti-Semitism as they were seen as the reason for every problem and many people wanted to kill their Jews. Israel took them from this situation and brought them directly to Israel using El Al aircraft. The Ethiopians who came from these rescues often were illiterate and required training in order to gain employ. On the plus side, they were so enthused to have been rescued and brought to Eretz Yisroel and their enthusiasm was applied to finding a means for support and fitting into their new society. This was the and has continued to be the ethical code for their society such that they desire to excel and be the best they are able. Any country would have been blessed to have such new citizens as these. The reality the mainstream media desires to hide from the world is that there exists no hatred within Israel. There is no racial hatred, no cultural hatred, no religious hatred, only an extreme discomfort with violence and hatred. That is the Israel we know and love.

 

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April 22, 2019

Terror Strikes Sri Lanka

 

Already the death toll has been reported to be approaching three-hundred and is likely to exceed that number when the final count is known plus approximately five-hundred have been wounded after three churches and three hotels were targeted with explosions this Sunday in Sri Lanka. The hotels struck were the Shangri-La, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand; all of which are high end luxury hotels favored by tourists, specifically European and other Western nations. The churches attacked were St Anthony’s Church in the capital, St Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and local media has also reported a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province (maps posted below). The targets are obvious, western tourists and Christians attending Easter Mass. We pray that these are the last of such on this day so holy to much of the world. Yet another attack has been reported at a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda which caused an ensuing fire.

 

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

 

 

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

 

There is no mystery to why terror strikes holy places on the most holy days of the year. In military jargon, these are target rich environments, when your main two goals are to murder as many infidels as possible and causing fear around the world for as many people as possible. The next question would be, why Sri Lanka. One reason is that the terrorists have easy access and another is these attacks will make the news across the world potentially causing some to forgo Easter Services this year. To some in Islam, this would prove a lack of faith and devotedness by Christians thus proving to them that Islam is the superior religion, the more powerful religion.

 

There have been signs that the Arab and Islamic world, the ones the mainstream media always adds the classification of extremist or other denotation implying that they are not “real” Muslims. But Muslims are encouraged to attack non-Muslims, specifically Christians and Jews (some fatwas include Buddhists and Hindus as well as any idolater, agnostic, atheist or any unbeliever essentially as they have expanded definitions in the Quran over the years broadening the areas and regions which are to be brought under Islam. Eventually, Allah has promised that Islam will be the only religion practiced on the Earth. We found these definitions explaining the difference between offensive Jihad and defensive Jihad and under what conditions each is practiced. Assuming we read them correctly, every Muslim leader is required to employ offensive Jihad against the Kuffar such that there would never be the need for defensive Jihad as the Muslims would always be the aggressors which would so terrorize the Kuffar that they would live in abject fear too frightened to attack the Islamic regions because of their greater strength. From what we read, the Muslims are either performing offensive Jihad to sufficient levels, otherwise they will face defensive Jihad. This would imply that Islamic nations which border any non-Islamic nation, they are either to make periodic attacks, at least once or twice each year, so as to place the fear of the Jihadists to such a point that these nations would never even consider attacking their Islamic neighbors. What if their neighbors had no intention of ever attacking their Islamic nation? This would be interpreted as proving any offensive Jihad was working exactly as in the Quran and the Hadiths. This is a self-fulfilling set of prophesies as if an Islamic is attacked, it is punishment for not being forceful enough in their offensive Jihad and if they are not attacked, that is because they have fulfilled their required offensive Jihad.

 

The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka is not an isolated case. Across the world there have been a consistent number of terrorist attacks mainly on Churches, Synagogues and Temples. There is the ongoing war waged by Boko Haram against the Christians and Animists in the regions centered on Nigeria but spreading across the entirety of the African Transition Zone (see map below). It was in response to these attacks that the French deployed troops to Mali to assist in preventing an Islamic takeover of that nation by force. The problems in Somalia are threatening of spreading into Kenya and there is still ongoing violence by the Sudan against the breakaway nation of South Sudan. Many of these internecine wars have existed for years and have simply become more intense over time. This violence is in addition to the tribal warfare still going on across Libya. And the violence between Islam and the rest of the world is not limited to Africa.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

Terror has become a worldwide epidemic reaching into virtually every nation. In France over five-hundred churches have been firebombed or otherwise attacked since 9/11. The number of attacks worldwide is absolutely astonishing as depicted in the map below. We believe the yellow dots are domestic terror attacks such as the referenced “lone wolf” terror attacks while the red are parts of international terrorism. The numbers of attacks are indicative of where Islam is targeting. Currently the concentration has been in the Western world, specifically the regions under Judeo-Christian influence and the regions neighboring Muslim countries. Watching the news, one does not get much of a feel for the frequency and near universal direction where these attacks have targeted. The media attempts to cover up terrorism by downplaying the attacks. Often, as soon as such violence is perpetrated the media and the applicable law enforcement agencies including, or especially, the FBI immediately claiming that the attack definitely is not terror related. Then, after a few days when the news of the attack is all but forgotten comes the admission that it was indeed a terrorist attack. This is already counted as old news as the attack was days ago and the media has moved on thus the admission becomes back page news buried deep in the paper.

 

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

 

Eventually, the terrorism will reach such a point that it will no longer be something which can be ignored or minimized. When the people finally call upon the government to stand up and actually act to prevent these attacks. The people will demand that the government not only address the terrorism within the national boundaries, but to attack the sources and remove the people who are behind the attacks wherever in the world they may be found. Until that point is reached, these attacks will continue and only increase in frequency and severity. When will the world finally take the spreading terrorism seriously? Not until it becomes such a problem such that it can no longer be ignored. Government seldom take care of problems when they might be easily addressed but wait until the problem becomes impossible to leave along the side of the media coverage and becomes central to the news cycle as it has risen beyond any reason. This is a growing problem that will be pushed aside and the claim that it is beyond their ability to address as the government will wait until the people are willing to accept further curtailing of their freedoms in response to the attacks. The government never wants to address problems until they can use the problem in order to gain additional power depriving the citizens of rights such that the government gains more control. The government will demand that the people grant it additional power and accept restrictions to their freedoms before they will finally act and accept that the problem exists. Some places have already reached the point where they had no choice but to address the problem such as Israel, African Transition Zone, India and a growing situation across Europe. The United States is trailing Europe by a mere five years or there about. How long before this reaches a head? We wish we could tell you but that is beyond our ability of prognostication.

 

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April 1, 2019

Israel Declares Peace While Hamas Screams War

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Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bibi Netanyahu informed the media that through mediation efforts by Egypt and others, an agreement has been reached with Hams. According to these reports, Israel will broaden generally the permissible range for Gaza fisherman, will liberalize the crossing of the border for goods, services and importantly once more building supplies intended for the rebuilding of areas destroyed in the past three wars and other confrontations. We feel a need to relay what has been the past result of these loosening of security and other restriction on Gaza. The increased range for the fishing industry makes the Israeli Navy’s job of monitoring the exercise of this profession which sometimes is augmented with monetary rewards for smuggling in weapons, rocket motors and other provisions for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other nefarious interests within Gaza. Building supplies have often been most widely utilized for the building of tunnels and command fortifications for Hamas and Islamic Jihad improving their military capabilities whenever they push Israel to the breaking point and hostilities become unavoidable. These supplies have also been utilized for the construction of infiltrations tunnels under the border into Israel where raids would be launched in order to destroy crops, structures consisting of homes, schools and businesses. These tunnels are also utilized to kidnap Israelis, most often civilians. Much to Hamas’s and Islamic Jihad’s consternation, Israeli technology has produced a method and instruments which allow for the detection of these tunnels and Israel has been destroying them before they are put into use. Israel has also begun erecting a new border barrier which will be taller and, hopefully, a double fence above ground and below ground barrier which reaches hopefully deep enough to prevent further tunneling.

 

Still, Israeli officials are touting this great peace arrangement as the prevention of an unnecessary war. Let us hope that they are correct but they should stand knowing that once Hamas receives their next few hundred million or even few billion dollars from Qatar, don’t they have something better to do with their oil wealth than to finance terror against Israel, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the latter receiving their monies from Iran funneled through Qatar, will once more return to their violence and will disregard all promises made. Past performance in business is taken as an indicator for future performance providing the judgement of the market proves correct. The same can be stated for dealing with Gaza or the Palestinian Authority, how they have acted in similar situations probably is an accurate indicator of how they will act in the future. This is probably even more true here than it is in business where the market can change and buying habits revert to previous unexpected habits or may develop some new fixation unforeseen. In retail to the public one can see this change very easily as when Amazon first started, their future appeared rather shaky as the Internet had not reached its universal acceptance and use became more readily favorable to the average user. Within a decade, Amazon was among the largest consumer providers exceeded only by WalMart and a few other select businesses. Now even WalMart is the one facing a shaky future and Amazon is facing online competition which may in the future find a better means of serving the public and supplant Amazon as the top retailer. Back before the Internet became a household utility, everyone shopped at the mall and back in that day I had a comfortable living managing a chain outlet. Fortunately, I was blessed to return to school and find work in microelectronics repair with a specialty in medical and satellite communications electronics. After my stint in this field, I reached retirement and not a moment too soon. Now the production of medical devices and satellite communications subsystems has become so inexpensive that virtually every component system is simply discarded should it fail to meet specifications as it is far less expensive to produce additional subsystems than it is to hire a technician or engineer to repair the failed subsystems. By comparison, a subsystem test technician is paid possibly 20% above minimum wage while repair technicians could make, depending on the subsystems they were tasked with repairing, anywhere from three to ten times minimum wage. The lesson is that companies will use technological advances to replace or remove all need for those making the largest salaries whenever possible. This is why if the minimum wage were raised to fifteen dollars an hour, companies would invest all the funds required to produce an automated means of replacing minimum wage positions or would learn to do without the low end workers and reassign their duties to their other employees. This will make some technicians being tasked with an additional responsibility for cleaning the executive washrooms and emptying their trash whenever they have a few spare minutes.

 

Gazan Youth Launching Incendiary with his Sling

Gazan Youth Launching Incendiary with his Sling

 

So, perhaps we should take a look at what Hamas and Islamic Jihad are claiming while the Israeli leadership is touting this great peace being agreed upon and implemented over the coming week. First on our list is Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri who exclaimed, “This is not a peace agreement with Israel, and has no connection to diplomacy. We are interested in ceasing the fighting in exchange for [Israel] lifting the siege. We expect agreements to be signed within a few days. We expect that it will happen soon – there will be understandings of calm that will reduce the siege significantly.” This comment stands in some contrast to the barely veiled threats which were floated as the final preparations were presumably underway to bringing the violence to a close. But what is Hamas leader and top terror chief saying, as his work is what the rest will base their actions. Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza, on Saturday praised the fact that 40,000 Gazans were violently rioting along the Gaza Israel border. He was quoted stating, “Our people (the 40,000 rioters) today stuck to the basic principles, the right of return and the breaking of the siege, and they support the resistance.” His further statement included, “Our people (Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists) say en masse that they want to live in dignity and want to live, and they say: ‘O (Al-Qassam Brigades), beloved ones, bomb Tel Aviv.’” Sinwar insists that issue of the terrorist prisoners in Israel release is his most necessary demand and what he plans to work tirelessly to bring about. He stressed that the so-called “March of the Return” processions would continue until the siege is broken, the “right of return” is realized and all of Palestine has been redeemed. Make no mistake, by this he means all of Israel cleansed of its Jews and others who refuse to bow to Allah. Yahya Sinwar formerly headed the military wing of Hamas and make no mistake, he is the real deal, terrorist through and through and is completely behind the destruction of Israel no matter how long that takes.

 

 

What are we expecting and advise people to observe as things move forward. Israel will follow the steps agreed upon which are presumed to bring calm at long last. This was presumed to be a long-term settlement agreement between Israel and Hamas and by inference Islamic Jihad. Israel has stated repeatedly that as the ruling group in Gaza, Hamas is responsible for all of their groups as well as those of Islamic Jihad and other smaller groups. Despite this, Hamas will often claim that they are unable to prevent Islamic Jihad or the other groups from launching rockets or taking to other forms of violence. Hamas has also used some inventive reasons for rockets in the last few weeks such as bad weather and it was an accident always expecting Israel to accept even the dumbest excuses. We expect that there will be a decrease to the numbers gathering along the clash points along the border but this will be those who basically sat at a comfortable distance from the border but those launching explosives over the border and rolling burning tires and explosives at the fence attempting to breach the border will continue in number largely. There will be coverage by the international and other news groups around the world will mention the smaller numbers of those who treated the border riots as a picnic with entertainment. There will be no coverage of the continued level of violence along the border. Well, that is until the border violence reaches a point where it demands a response from Israel. At the point that Israel responds, it will be the “Breaking News” with the red banners and the urgent voice announcer blaring the news of the Israeli strikes on Gaza listing even the smallest damage and repeating every Hamas report of injuries or fatalities and only towards the end of the newscast will there be any mention of the violence against Israel from out of Gaza. We realize this sounds as a harsh criticism of the news coverage, but thanks to recent events in the United States and it spreading elsewhere, more people have realized that the news they receive is infected by a strong political slant. We can aid you one further and explain that the news is tainted by the causes which qualify as falling within the bounds of “intersectionality” which does not include Israel but supports the Palestinian cause to such an extent that they do not consider Hamas, Islamic Jihad or the PLO as terrorist groups but as legitimate representatives of their beloved Palestinian Arabs. They only begrudgingly admit that Hezballah is a terrorist groups, and that is solely because they were against those backed by the United States in Syria in the fight against Islamic State. We expect that slowly but inexorably, Hamas and Islamic Jihad will ratchet up the violence returning to launching rockets again within a couple of months. There is another situation which would be extremely problematic for all sides. As these riots have been nearly continuous for a full year, they may have become the new normal for many of the population, especially the youth who are the front line and the ones launching most of the explosives and incendiaries. Should this be the case and Hamas has lost the ability to control or prevent the rioting as many now see this as their way to express their frustration and get their feeling calmed, then the border rioting would require strong intervention to bring them to an end. Hamas proved with the protests within Gaza City demanding better living conditions which they put down with violence and a heavy hand. They would probably not use similar to end the border violence and would throw their hands up and tell Israel that they are unable to prevent the people from expressing their rage at the Israeli acts against Gaza. They, of course, never redirect aid from the people to their terror war efforts, well, at least not more than taking over three-quarters of the building supplies and all the money.

 

There is one wildcard in all of this, and that is Iran. Were Iran to decide, as they did last week, that by launching rockets into Israel and there not being an overt Israeli military response, that they can make Bibi Netanyahu appear impotent costing him the elections, this would result in rockets being launched into Israel at a slow but steady rate through April 9 hoping not to invoke any strong Israeli retaliation. This was the excuse last week once the truth leaked out. At least this election cycle there are no teams of Democrat Party campaign specialists here attempting to elect fellow leftists. Maybe they have finally realized that Israelis do not respond well to outside interference. Perhaps, if we can survive through the election, there might just be a period of quiet before one of the borders erupts with rockets and violent rioting or even an actual attempt at an invasion from out of Syria as Iranian leaders continue to intimate. Let us close answering the perennial question, when will there be peace in the Middle East. The first sign that peace may be coming to the Middle East will be the Arab nations plus Iran actually not fighting one another either directly or in proxy wars such as the war in Yemen where Iran is attacking Saudi Arabia under the cover of the Houthis who are taking control of the country pushing the elected government into an ever shrinking area. Once they learn to live with one another, then maybe, just maybe, they will find some means of accepting that Israel is home to stay. Until they learn to live with each other, there will be no hope of their accepting the Jewish State.

 

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