Talk like an Egyptian; repeat a blood libel.

The good news is that the latest blood libel is no longer giving the impression of having been sponsored by Visa.

The bad news is that the Egyptians continue to care not one fig about antisemitism.

When will the West (in particular) wake up to the reality that this issue needs to be acknowledged and dealt with?

When will we see an NGO in the Arab world combat the antisemitism there?

 

Change required

I don’t know the speaker, nor the context, but he speaks the truth about Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab World, and hate. Do listen all the way to the end.

A brave man. I hope people listen to him with an open mind, and that he makes a difference.

[Thanks to Hannah for the tip.]

Calling all journalists

From YNET:

Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority
PA president’s proposal to declare West Bank under occupation would annul Oslo Accords, leave Israel with full responsibility over Palestinians.

The era of the two-state solution may soon be rocked by a decision that could signal its demise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is mulling the merits of a proposal to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday morning.

Palestinian sources confirm that the government in Ramallah was considering the unprecedented move. Senior sources in the IDF’s Central Command, who recently met with the heads of the Palestinian security services confirmed their West Bank counterparts were sincerely debating dismantling and disarming the PA’s forces.

I read that and thought, he’s done this before. This is not new. Why isn’t this pointed out? Am I going mad?

Minutes of browsing, courtesy of the irreplaceable Elder of Ziyon, produced the following. Abbas made the same threat in

  • December 2012
  • December 2010
  • November 2009
  • September 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2007

Where are the real journalists who do things like fact checking?

As for the threat, isn’t this the same PA that has just applied to join several international bodies? How stupid does that make him look if he meant it?

This threat is a nonsense – like much of Abbas posturing – so when will somebody call him on it?

Five for Friday

One aspect of a shortened work week – because of the Pesach holiday – is that I feel a bit of a cheat looking forward to the Shabbat break; after all, it’s not as if I haven’t enjoyed some holiday time already. However, Shabbat is different. It’s a different type of holiday, a different type of mindset, and a different type of experience. Much as it continues to surprise me, the power of the day to recharge the batteries (even if sometimes it is not a full charge) is awesome. So, I am looking forward to Shabbat.

Meantime, some links for you:

Shabbat Shalom!

The Haaretz response to a moral dilemma

From the Elder of Ziyon:

Why did Haaretz take down its article on Kansas killer’s admiration for Max Blumenthal?

Haaretz, picking up on a piece in the Washington Free Beacon, briefly posted this article yesterday:

haaretzblumenthalarticle

According to the Washington Free Beacon, an online news source that describes itself as being “dedicated to uncovering the stories that the professional left hopes will never see the light of day, Frazier Glenn Cross, the Hitler admirer and Klansman who is accused of the murders, often praised Blumenthal’s work.

According to the report, a search of the VNN Forum – a prominent white supremacist website run by Cross – finds over 300 references praising Blumenthal’s criticism of the State of Israel and American-Jewish support of Israeli policy.

There is no doubt that leftist Israel-haters like Blumenthal give lots of material – and inspiration – for right wing antisemites like Frazier Glenn Cross. Both groups claim, disingenuously, that their criticisms of Israel are meant to defend human rights when it is the other way around – they use the language of human rights to attack the Jewish state, a nation whose record on human rights would be the envy of any other nation at war in history.

Some antisemites see no contradiction between the extreme right and extreme left manifestations of Jew-hatred. Someone named “Rehmat1″, for example, has hundreds of comments both on Cross’ VNN forum and on Mondoweiss, both linking back to his own blog.

The only difference is that the right-wing antisemites are more willing to admit that they hate Jews. The leftist antisemites prefer to use Israel as a proxy for Jews and are, too often, Jews themselves, which all stripes of Jew-haters love to quote to give their hate an air of authenticity.

Haaretz took down this article very quickly after it was posted online. Why?

Perhaps the reason is that Haaretz has provides at least as much comfort and aid to the VNN antisemites as Blumenthal does!

While Haaretz doesn’t seem to be as explicitly praised as Blumenthal was by Cross, according to Mondoweiss, Haaretz itself is mentioned on the VNN site over 11,000 times and Cross mentions Haaretz himself scores of times in his antisemitic rants! (I did not check either the Free Beacon’s or Mondoweiss’ claims about the number of citations of Blumenthal/Haaretz.)

Haaretz provides at least as much of aid and comfort to antisemites as Blumenthal does, and perhaps that is what prompted it to silently pull this story.

Do you think the editorial board of Haaretz might stop to think about that last observation: Haaretz provides at least as much of aid and comfort to antisemites as Blumenthal does. And will they go that step further and ask themselves if what they are doing is a good thing?

Burn, baby, burn

chametz

In the orthodox Jewish way of life, on the morning before Pesach, the practice is to burn all the chametz found during the search in the home, and everything left over from breakfast. In Ra’anana (as above), and indeed throughout Israel, there are several public fires – monitored and secured – to accommodate the practice.

The blessing is:

“All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.”

Chag Sameach!

What goes around may reverse

Most sensible people accept that the general standard of driving behavior on Israeli roads is awful. Awfully awful. There is not a single Highway Code rule that is not broken every minute of every day on every main road.

  • Lane discipline? What white lines?
  • Keeping a safe distance? This way he knows I want to overtake.
  • Mirror, signal, maneuver? What’s a signal?
  • Never overtake on a bend? There’s never any oncoming traffic here.
  • Stop at a stop sign? That’s for novice drivers only.

And on it goes. The ironic aspect is that, according to all feedback, the driving test for new young drivers is a long, involved, and demanding process that teaches all the right stuff. But after passing the test…

It’s with this background that you may not be shocked to know that there are several theories why the driving is so poor. This being a popular topic among immigrants (especially) I have heard many, varied excuses. (Or reasons; it depends on your point of view.) This weekend, I heard one that was new to me.

Apparently the 1948 State of Israel had about 400 cars in the entire country. And so, the theory goes, this is not only a young country, but also a young country of drivers. In other words, there are not enough experienced drivers, and certainly not enough experienced generations of drivers, passing on the right driving skills.

I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t convince me. However, it did spring to mind on the journey home from the office tonight.

It happened like this: I approached a roundabout on a single lane road. The car ahead of me went through the roundabout very slowly. I followed. On the exit from the roundabout, I was still behind this slow car. It stopped. It pulled in. (No; no indicator was harmed in that maneuver.) I passed the car carefully – in case it started up again without warning – noting the little old lady in the driver’s seat. The next thing I see is her starting to move her car. In reverse. She reversed into the roundabout and back the way she had come… OMG, where do they come from? I was glad I was going in the opposite direction.

So your challenge, should you accept it, is to come up with an explanation. Just why is the driving so bad here?

Five for Friday

Friday? Aready? And Pesach is just about here. Bloody hell, time flies past fast here. Ah well, looking on the bright side, it’s good to stop now and get to see what’s happening out there in the big, bad world. With that in mind, here are a selection of links I hope you enjoy:

Shabbat Shalom!