by David Israel
Justice Minister Yariv Levin took the podium at the Knesset and announced a series of moves that would return Israel to the sanity of the days when justices ruled based on the law, and not on what they believed the law should be.
Between 1978 and 2006, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, Justice Aharon Barak, commanded a vigorous and impudent effort to raise the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court and the High Court of Justice, above the other two branches of government - the Knesset and the Executive branch - through intricate rulings, ever-increasing power grabs and installing his agents as legal counsellors in all the government ministries.
Despite the shrinking political power of the old leftist elites that established the state of Israel 75 years ago, Justice Barak’s clique of dedicated judges continued and even increased their tyrannical hold on the country’s legal system, and its legislative and executive branches.
Here are the initial four changes Levin is expected to submit to the Knesset in the coming days:
- A change in the composition of the committee to select judges. The judges will no longer choose themselves in chambers without a protocol. Instead, the 9-member committee will have an equal representation of the three branches of government, with a distinct advantage to elected officials (to remind you, in most countries, including the US, Supreme Court justices are questioned and elected by elected officials only).
- The disqualification of laws by the high court will be regulated. The court may no longer question the basic laws, which are Israel’s equivalent to a constitution. Courts don’t change constitutions. To revoke a law, the court would have to convene all 15 justices and reach a special majority. The Knesset, for its part, can override the court’s revoking of its laws by a majority of 61 MKs.
- The High Court may no longer use the “unreasonable cause” argument to invalidate government action.
- Finally, the legal counsellors installed in every government ministry are just that – they offer their legal advice – and the minister is free to use or reject it.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
It is not surprising that the Jew-hating and Antisemitic international press, in attempt to discredit the Jewish independence movement – Zionism, use terms like “Extreme Right” or “Right-wing”, when there are describing Israeli politicians or Jewish activists, who are fighting for the rights of Jewish people to live in peace on the Jewish ancestral land. It is quite disturbing and disappointing to see that the same descriptions are used in Jewish press and website publications. Jewish journalists and bloggers, progressive or on the Left side of politics, should be ashamed for equating Zionism with Fascist ideology!
There were 31 Israelis murdered and 734 injured in terrorist attacks in 2022. In total, 7,386 terrorist attacks were committed in the previous year, including 1,153 cases of stone throwing, 1,036 Molotov cocktails thrown, 559 cases of tires set on fire and 84 explosives thrown. 44 car bombs were set off during the year and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria encountered 53 cases of stone barriers. 96 shooting attacks were recorded in the past year, as well as nine stabbing attacks, which resulted in casualties and six ramming attacks. Those murdered by terrorists in 2022 left 18 widows and widowers and 67 orphans, and two victims of attacks from previous years died from their wounds during the year. These statistics do not include the hundreds of attacks on security forces during counterterror operations in the field. (The international Jew-haters, politicians and members of the press, are only concerned about and express strong concern when Arab ‘Palestinian’ terrorists or their sympathisers are killed during IDF's counterterror operations.)
Jewish Patriotism Makes Antisemites Angry
The US and France joined Arab states and the PA in condemning National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's visit (just because he is a Zionist) to the Jerusalem holy site - the Temple Mount. The hilltop site is the most sacred place in Judaism and just the third holiest in Islam. Jews and other non-Muslims are allowed to go the compound but not pray. Mr Ben-Gvir, leader of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, has long said that he wants to bring about a change to the rules to allow Jewish worship at the site. The minister said during his visit to the site: "Our government will not surrender to the threats of Hamas. The Temple Mount is the most important place for the people of Israel, and we maintain the freedom of movement for Muslims and Christians, but Jews will also visit the site. Those who make threats must be dealt with an iron hand." (Zionism is the Jewish Independence Movement. It is the only one that unites all anti-Semites, regardless of their political affiliation.)
The approval of a United Nations General Assembly resolution requesting that the International Court of Justice weigh in on the Israeli-‘Palestinian’ conflict, Israeli “annexation”, and the “legal status of the occupation” is not just another largely meaningless UN resolution. This attack demands a robust and meaningful response from both the Israeli government as well as from Jewish leadership across the globe. As in any type of warfare, if there is no response against the first wave of an attack, there is a loss of deterrence, and subsequent waves will be even more powerful. There is no better time than a brand-new Israeli government to state unequivocally that the rules of the game have changed, and there will be a strong and paralysing response by Israel to the continued Palestinian attacks. These steps should be designed with one singular goal in mind, to break the will of the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs to continue fighting this war. (The ultimate goal should be to end the occupation of the Jewish land by the enemies. Only then will international anti-Semites shut up!)
The US criticised Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, for ‘storming’ (visiting) Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied (by Arabs) East Jerusalem. The US Embassy in Israel said that Ambassador Thomas Nides "has made it very clear in discussions with the Israeli government that the status quo must be maintained at Jerusalem's holy sites (not just by Muslims, but also by Jews and Christians, who are not allowed to pray there). Actions that prevent this are unacceptable." (Israel must rebuke Biden administration for providing funds to ‘Palestinian’ terrorists!)
Around 36,000 people have left the Gaza Strip in the past 5 years attempting to emigrate. Gaza has been under blockade by Israel and Egypt for the 15 years since Hamas seized power from the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. From Gaza, migrants now tread a dangerous path through Egypt and Libya before trying their luck at sea, along with fellow migrants fleeing poverty and violence in North Africa, Syria, and sub-Saharan Africa. The journey can cost vast sums, around $9,000, of which two-thirds go to smugglers. (Strangely, so-called Palestinians are not welcomed by their Muslim brothers in Arab countries, including Egypt.)
The Biden administration has again delayed issuing new federal regulations - first proposed by President Trump - that would apply the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism to civil rights investigations. (For the Biden administration Antisemitism and civil rights of Jews are not a priority - scolding Israel is! Why are all ‘Civil Rights’ organisations silent and not protesting?)
‘Palestinian’ prisoners holding Jordanian citizenship have agreed to be moved from Israeli jails to complete their sentences in Jordan. Not all of the prisoners with Jordanian citizenship were offered the opportunity to sign the document. Other prisoners may get similar offers in the coming days. (It would be a good first step toward removing all PA terrorists and their families to Jordan or Egypt.)
Quote of the Week:
“More than a year ago, more than 500 former Prisoners of Zion and refuseniks came together here in Jerusalem and we made a decision to call upon our government to stop using the pretext of bringing in non-Jews since they are the grandchildren of Jews. The majority is not coming (to conversion programs), is not interested to convert. They are people who just used the pretext to escape Russia.” - Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch, former Prisoner of Zion - a Soviet Jewish refusenik jailed for 11 years who rose to prominence as a Jewish activist in the 1960s, urged the incoming Netanyahu government to adopt plans put forth by the Religious Right to amend Israel’s Law of Return, removing the Grandfather Clause. - (Some western Christian missionaries have used their 'Jewish' ancestry to infiltrate Israel. Some non-Jewish migrants from former Soviet Union love living in Israel, but still hate the residual Jewish blood in them. There is an old Russian-Jewish saying: “You can’t change yabbies into a Kosher fish”.)
by Diane Bederman
Time for the Jewish people to worry less about others, Tikkun Olam, and more about Pikuach Nefesh: the preservation of human life that overrides virtually any other religious rule of Judaism. We have the moral and ethical right to protect ourselves including carrying weapons to prevent attacks on our people.
We are living in a time where demonizing the Jews has become culturally acceptable. Jewish students are being bullied for being Jewish and for Israel being a white colonial oppressor against the oppressed Palestinian Arabs.
It’s a type of bullying that demonstrates an absence of ethics and compassion. It is bullying that has a tangible goal. This is the bullying of Jews taking place in the 21st century and it’s time to fight back.
Although Jewish people constitute less than one-half of one percent (0.18%) of the world’s population, no other people have been as harassed, attacked, and impugned more than the Jews from time immemorial. When it comes to the Jews and Israel, facts don’t matter.
Never forget: We are the people who gave the world the ethic that underpins freedom. The ethic that underpins freedom and Western Culture. Yet, here we are at a time when only Jewish people are afraid to wear their symbols proudly. Families are told not to put anything on their homes that identity them as Jewish.
Facts will not protect us. We must fight back – physically and let people know that we will not bend the knee.