A lot of links have gone by, with a holiday and a university deadline in the middle. Here’s what you missed on the Wizardof.il’s Facebook in the past week + 2 days:
1. May 17th, “Frank Sinatra once appeared at “Action for Palestine” benefit concert“, from Israellycool.com
And it’s not what you think…
2. May 17th, “Babil’s Jewish shrine, mosque share space“, from Al-Monitor.com
Notice how there are no Jews interviewed in order to corroborate the claims of coexistence
3. In honor of the upcoming Jerusalem Light Festival, here’s a flashback to my own post on the festival. The Jerusalem Light Festival will take place June 3rd to June 11th. Sunday-Thursday from 20:00-23:00, Saturday- 21:00-00:00. If you’re in Jerusalem, make sure to check it out!
4. May 19th, Hillel Neuer of UN Watch posts:
UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-15:
Boko Haram: 1
Al Qaeda: 0
Saudi Arabia: 0
Islamic Jihad: 0
Insane, ain’t it?
5. May 19th, from Honest Reporting, via Standwithus:
A wonderful video from HonestReporting about the media’s myth of “two cities” in Jerusalem:
“The history of Jerusalem did not start in 1967. Thousands of years of Jewish history took place in what is now called “Arab East Jerusalem.” Only when the Jewish residents were driven from their homes in 1948 was the city divided between East and West.
This video shows the reality of Jerusalem today and includes interviews from survivors of the fall of Jerusalem.”
Link to the video- here.
6. May 20th: Breaking News: Another terrorist attack in Jerusalem as a Palestinian rammed his car into two Israeli policemen who were injured. The terrorist was apprehended. via Standwithus.
7. May 20th, from The Jewish Standard:
by Natalie Portman
Where I was born. Where I ate my first Popsicle and used a proper toilet for the first time. Where some of my 18-year-old friends spend their nights in bunkers sleeping with their helmets on. Where security guards are the only jobs in surplus. Where deserts bloom and pioneer stories are sentimentalized. Where a thorny, sweet cactus is the symbol of the ideal Israeli. Where immigrating to Israel is called “ascending” and emigrating from Israel is called “descending.” Where my grandparents were not born, but where they were saved.
Where the year passes with the season of olives, of almonds, of dates. Where the transgressive pig or shrimp dish speaks defiantly from a Jerusalem menu. Where, despite substantial exception, secularism is the rule. Where wine is religiously sweet. Where “Arabic homes” is a positive real estate term with no sense of irony. Where there is endless material for dark humor. Where there are countless words for “to bother,” but no single one yet for “to pleasure.” Where laughter is the currency; jokes the religion. Where political parties multiply more quickly than do people. Where to become religious is described as “returning to an answer” and becoming secular “returning to a question.”
Where six citizens have won Nobel prizes in 50 years. Where the first one earned an Olympic gold in 2004 for sailing (an Israeli also won the bronze for judo). Where there is snow two hours north and hamsin (desert wind) two hours south. Where Moses never was allowed to walk, but whose streets we litter. Where the language in which Abraham spoke to Isaac before he was to sacrifice him has been resuscitated to include the words for “sweatshirt” and “schadenfreude” and “chemical warfare” and “press conference.” Where the muezzin chants, and the church bells sound and the shofars cry freely at the Wall. Where the shopkeepers bargain. Where the politicians bargain. Where there will one day be peace but never quiet.
Where I was born; where my insides refuse to abandon.
8. May 22nd, something of my own:
In olden times, the Jewish people set its calendars according to the moon. The Sanhedrin would sit in wait for a witness to come and testify that he had seen the moon’s ‘birth’, in order to declare “Rosh Chodesh”, the beginning of a new month.
The times of the moon were part of people’s lives. People knew where to look for the moon in the sky, at what time and what to expect it to look like.
And today? Today we have our Google Calendars. And the moon is just the big rock that lights up the night sky.
So I took upon myself as a personal project to photograph the moon every night for one Jewish month. The moon doesn’t shine only at night. In fact, for the past week, it was only visible shortly before dawn, if one was awake, which I wasn’t. On some days it is only visible during the day. The speed with which it waxes and wanes is surprising.
I don’t have the entire month. Some of the days I’m missing were Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath when observant Jews do not use electric appliances, which include cameras. Some days the moon wasn’t visible during my waking hours. Either way, enjoy this impressive album…
9. May 22nd, Israel is in the Eurovision! via the Israel Project:
BREAKING: For the first time in five years, Israel has reached the Eurovision FINALS!
We think Nadav Guedj deserves a big like and all our support!
10. May 22nd, A silly but fun Buzzfeed: “19 Israeli delicacies that aren’t Hummus”
12. May 22nd, The UN has become the most useless and ridiculous organization in the world…
“UN: Israel is the worst violator of health rights in the world“, from UNWatch.org.
13. May 24th, a post by Israel’s former Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Dore Gold:
“As the 48th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War approaches, many continue to demand that Israel retreat to the lines that existed on the eve of the war. Let us say clearly: Israel cannot, should not, and will not withdraw to indefensible borders. In taking this position, Israel is fully within its rights under international law.
The pre-war boundaries with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria were armistice lines from 1949 that reflected where Israel halted the invading Arab armies in the War of Independence. Shortly after Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan, Gaza from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria in a defensive war in June 1967, the Soviet Union tried to brand Israel as the aggressor and press for full Israeli withdrawal. That effort failed. Instead, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242, which defines the principles of Arab-Israeli diplomacy to this day. The resolution calls for Israeli withdrawal “from territories” captured in the war and not “from all the territories” – an intentional phrasing that was defended at the time at the highest levels of the U.S. government, including by President Johnson himself.
Given this background, it is easy to understand why Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin specified in his last Knesset address in October 1995 that Israel would never withdraw to the pre-1967 lines. He stressed that Israel would have to retain control of the Jordan Valley, the geographic barrier that has secured Israel’s eastern front since the Six-Day War. Most importantly, Rabin made clear that Jerusalem would remain united under Israeli sovereignty. He made this proclamation about Israeli policy two years after the signing of the Oslo Accords with the PLO, and after the peace treaty with Jordan.
Israel’s rights as a nation-state have their origins in the Allied powers’ decision to allocate the territories of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of the First World War, when the historical connection of the Jewish people to their homeland was acknowledged. From then (and even in the years before the war), the Zionist movement worked to turn the dream of a state into reality. But undoubtedly, it was the diplomacy that followed the Six-Day War, and especially UN Security Council Resolution 242, that helped establish that Israel was entitled to “secure and recognized boundaries” – or defensible borders – that would replace the fragile 1949 armistice lines in any future Arab-Israeli negotiations.”
14. May 24th, the Backstreet Boys say goodbye, from StandwithUs:
The Backstreet Boys bid adieu to the holy land after three fabulous concerts in Raanana and a “life-changing” experience touring the country. Before they left, they took to Instagram to express their love for the Jewish State!
Thank you Backstreet Boys! We can’t wait to see you again!
15. May 24th, Nadav Guedj wins 9th place in the Eurovision finals (via StandwithUs):
Mazel tov to Israel’s “Golden Boy” Nadav Guedj, just 16 years old and placing 9th at the Eurovision Song Contest finals last night!
Thank you for making Israel proud Nadav!
16. May 24th, “Two Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack” (Ynet).
17. May 24th, “Today in history: IDF airlifts 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel“, from IDFblog.com
18. May 24th, here’s some pure and unfiltered antisemitism, from Palestinian Media Watch. via StandWithUs:
The host of a weekly program on Islam, Imad Hamato, who is also a professor of Quranic Studies at the University of Palestine in Gaza, stated that Jews engage in profiteering and control “the money, the press and the resources.”
19. May 25th, a simple infographic from Allen West:
Sometimes a simple side-by-side comparison is the best explanation. Bonus question: who has it in their charter to kill whom?
20. May 25th, “Ex-Premier Olmert sentenced to additional eight months in bribery case“, from TimesofIsrael.com.
21. May 26th,
While I’ve been planning to write a post on the subject, but putting it off due to other more pressing deadlines, along comes Haviv Gur-Rettig in the Times of Israel and writes the post I wanted to write, but better.
Nevertheless, I’ll add my two cents:
First, an update- Erdan has accepted Netanyahu’s proposal to become Minister of internal security+ Minister for strategic affairs.
Second- What Rettig-Gur describes has been Netanyahu’s modus operandi from the very beginning- anyone within the party who comes close to threatening his own leadership is pushed into a back-seat governmental position, where he stays out of the limelight. Under no circumstances will a high ranking Likud member with aspirations for the party leadership be allowed to hold one of the three high ranking ministries (defense, foreign and Finance). Netanyahu would prefer to hand these positions to someone outside of the party or to a back-bencher with no charisma. The Defense Ministry has been held in the past two governments by Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, a capable ex-general, with as much charisma as a shoe. The Foreign Ministry was held by Avigdor Lieberman, from outside the party. The Finance Ministry is a dangerous position for politicians, because they almost always come out the ‘bad guy’ who holds back funds from some causes and finances other controversial ones. The position was held in the 17th Knesset by Yuval Steinitz, a relatively low-ranking Likud member. In the 18th Knesset it was held by Yair Lapid, leader of Yesh Atid with no financial expertise. Neither of them came out unscathed. The front benchers with aspirations of leadership get pushed into positions such as the Ministry of Infrastructure which was formed exactly for such a purpose for people such as Ariel Sharon and Silvan Shalom, or the made-up ministry of “Regional cooperation”.
22. May 26th, “Foreign Aid Scandal: UK money is STILL going to convicted Palestinian terrorists“, from Express.co.uk.
Is anyone surprised?
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