by Lahav Harkov
The release of the UN Human Rights Council’s blacklist of companies that operate in Judea and Samaria caught Jerusalem by surprise.
The US left the UNHRC in June 2018 due to its anti-Israel slant, with then-US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley calling it a “cesspool of political bias.” Israel, which was not a member, cut ties with the body immediately after, but continued contacts with the OHCHR, the professional arm of the UNHRC. Israel freezes ties with UN rights chief after release of settlement blacklist. (Israel should have left leave the Council, and ended its activity in Israel and the territories a long time ago!)
The UNHRC has a permanent agenda item against Israel at each of its three annual sessions. The item calls Israel to “immediately end its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” without any mention of Palestinian terrorism, and expresses concern at “the suffering of Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan” without any mention of Syrian President Bashar Assad massacring his own citizens. The only mention of terrorism is that by “extremist Israelis.” Last year, EU member states had enough and voted against the recurring Item Seven, in light of its “imbalance.”
And now, the OHCHR is publishing this list even though the only support it received for doing so was from the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, South Africa, Venezuela and Cuba. (Yes, they are the members of the Rights Council!)
The UNHRC has never released a similar blacklist for companies in disputed territories in any other conflict, though there are plenty of others around the world.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Zionism is the Jewish national liberation movement! Liberal anti-Semites and self-hating Jews support any ‘liberation’ movement, even Islamic ones that present clear threats to our democratic values, but not the Jewish one! With President Trump in the White House, an Israeli government must be ready to take decisive steps to realise the Zionist dream of the Jewish people and free Jewish land, Eretz-Israel, from enemy occupation!
Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammed Shtayyeh called on Spain to recognize the “State of Palestine” and to lead a political move in Europe that will bring about support for Palestinian independence and sovereignty and the two-state solution. Palestinian Arab officials have been pressuring countries to officially recognize “Palestine”, in a move meant to bypass direct peace talks with Israel. While several European countries have recognized “Palestine” in recent years, those moves were symbolic ones that have little, if any, actual diplomatic effect. (Have they disclosed a map of the fake state? Is it “from the river to the sea?”)
Abbas has abandoned their request for a vote at the UN Security Council on rejecting the US Mideast plan, over a lack of international support. Introduced by Indonesia and Tunisia, the resolution risked not having nine out of 15 votes in its favour, the minimum required for adoption provided there is no veto by a permanent member. (In the past, they would have no problem with having 14 votes eagerly supporting any anti-Israel resolution! But they still let him talk!)
Israel has begun confiscating the monthly stipends paid by the PA to convicted terrorists with Israeli citizenship and their families, the first time such action has been taken since Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced the move in December. (Stripping them of citizenship and deporting them, after confiscation of funds and properties to compensate Jewish victims of terror, would be an even better move!)
Israel continued to be targeted with balloon bombs launched from the Gaza Strip, in spite the decision to end the attacks was reached later that day after Egyptian mediation. This comes after the launch of over 35 balloons tied to explosive charges towards Israel!
AIPAC apologized for and removed at least four ads it sponsored on Facebook that slammed “radicals in the Democratic Party.” (Disregarding the fact that most Democratic presidential have expressed anti-Israel positions, and the threat from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. who has pledged to reverse US President Donald Trump’s decision on Israeli settlements.)
94% percent of Palestinians oppose US peace plan. 64% say US proposal should be met with violent Palestinian uprising. Palestinian support for two states is lowest since the signing of the Oslo Accords. (Removal of enemies from the Jewish land is the only option to end terror in Israel!)
Parents whose young sons and daughters face daily barrages of rockets and balloon bombs send letter to UNICEF, condemning its ‘unforgivable’ silence in the face of terror attacks on Israeli children!
A former leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has warned that Iran is just looking for an excuse to attack Israel and “raze Tel Aviv to the ground.” He also said that Tehran has ‘precise information’ on all US military and civilian activity in the region, from ships to individual soldiers. (Removal of the despotic regime of Ayatollahs and freeing Iranian people from tyranny is long overdue!)
Quote of the Week:
“The majority of Arabs, if they want to insult you, they describe you as ‘Zionist,’ knowing that the most successful project in the past century and the present is the Zionist project, while all projects of the Arabs, especially Arab nationalism, have failed. Before you use the word Zionist as an insult you must first reach the shining sole of Zionism.” – Faisal al-Qasim, Al-Jazeera presenter.
Assimilation is a Destroyer of the Miracles.
by Steven Shamrak.
Being a Jewish single guy, I went to a lecture “Why marry Jewish?” with the over-optimistic hope of meeting a nice Jewish girl. During an hour of a well-prepared speech, the presenter, Doron Kornbluth, mentioned several reasons why intermarriage generally, and for Jews in particular is not a good idea. He offered many non-confrontational ideas of how to keep Jews from marrying out. Suggestions ranged from focusing on Jewish religious education, nudging to financial bribery of the kids.
The fostering of Jewish national pride and Jewish national education were omitted from his speech, most likely, in fear of offending any converts or their offspring in the audience. Why would they be offended, when Jews are talking about preservation of the national, religious, historical and spiritual identity of Jewish people, if they had embraced it? Every day Jews pray for the “righteous converts”. How many truly righteous converts do you know?
The were no suggestions for teaching kids about the history of the Jewish people, concepts of Jewish unity and Jewish land, famous Jews and their contributions to the cultural, scientific and technological evolution of our planet. Zionism was not even brought up at all!
Contrary to common belief, the idea that being a Jew means just a religious observance is only two hundred years old. It had emerged when the loyalty of the Jews was questioned during the time of Napoleon. Religious leaders at the time, quite justifiably fearing persecution from the megalomaniac French emperor, gave ambiguous answers about who are the Jews, nation or religion.
However, Judaism is quite specific about the national character of the Jewish people. It is written in Torah: “and nation was born” at Mount Sinai. Several times it is stated that it is obligatory for a Jew to marry another Jew. Nothing has changed and must not be changed just because on the surface modern society looks more tolerant and accepting toward Jews or the need for some elderly Jews, mostly Holocaust survivors, to feel illusionary comfort that their grandchildren are still remaining Jewish.
Quite often we hear: “My parents were Jewish” or “I am not religious, therefore I am not a Jew!” The first question parents ask their kids when they hear the heart-breaking news “Mum/Dad my special one is not Jewish”, is “will he/she convert?” Conversion, in spite of the fact that, in accordance with Jewish law, marriage must not be the reason for it, has become another convenient supermarket item. Parents use it now to hide their deep inner pain, bitterness, disappointment and fear of losing their kids. Instinctively, they know that their Jewish family flame has been extinguished!
With assimilation rate over 50%, a non-Jewish notion that being a Jew is only a religious obligation, which does not work in a predominately secular society. We are losing people to mixed-marriage, secularisation and ignorance. Most rabbis, Jewish leaders and Israel’s officials are under pressure from bogus political correctness. They do not pay attention and promote Jewish nationalism, patriotism and ‘Eretz-Israel’, the land of Israel. Jewish people are losing their purposefulness in life to disillusionment and apathy!
There were 4 million Jews, almost 9% of the population, in the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. After the WW2, there were 12 million Jews worldwide. Sixty years later, the Jewish population has increased by only less than 2 million. Most nations during this period have doubled or even quadrupled their numbers. Assimilation is not violent like the Inquisition, pogroms or the Holocaust, but it is deadlier and the damage it brings is irreversible.
One of the miracles of the world is that one nation with its number less than 0.2% of the world population has made a contribution to humanity disproportional to its number. In spite of our achievements we are still fearful to say loudly and openly “I am proud to be a Jew!” Why are Italians, Greek, Chinese, Russians and other nations unapologetically proud of their national heritage and sense of belonging? But not Jews!
The Jewish concept of the “Chosen people” is about responsible leadership. It is not about being better than others or putting others down, like many other people do. Jews also have an obligation to self and must have a sense of healthy self-appreciation and respect, especially when it is well deserved and long overdue!
The biggest miracle is that after 3,300 years, the Jewish people still exist. Many great nations have come and gone. But if, in this ‘friendly’ and politicly correct environment, we do not teach our children and grandchildren Jewishness, not solely religion; if we remain silent while they are marrying out; if we allow people like Prese, Olmert, Barak and other self-hating Jews squash out national spirit from inside – There will be no more Miracles!
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