Uncle Sam wants YOU and the government of Israel is going to help him get you
If you're an American citizen living in Israel, the IRS wants to try to put the squeeze on you to pay for Obamacare, and the government of Israel is going to help them
The agreement will be an alternative to the provisions of the US
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires non-US
financial institutions to sign the agreement directly with the US
authorities to send them information about American customers.
"Globes" has reported, the new agreement will be reciprocal. "The
agreement will include an option under which, subject to certain
conditions, information will be sent from the US tax authorities to the
Israeli tax authorities about the income of Israeli residents in the
US," states the document.
The document predicts that the
agreement will boost Israel's tax revenues, because the Tax Authority
will obtain information about Israelis' financial assets in the US. It
cautions, however, that the amount of these revenues cannot be
It seems, however, that the sharing of information between Israel and
the US is not equitable. While the Israeli authorities will
automatically send the US all information about US persons, the US
authorities will only send information to Israel in special cases.
Israel is not the first country to sign such an agreement: the US has
similar agreements with the UK, Denmark, France, Japan, and Spain, and
more countries have expressed a willingness to sign such agreements in
the future. The agreement with Israel will include provisions for
protecting the information's confidentiality and for restricting its use
by the IRS, due to privacy concerns.
If you're a US citizen living in Israel, you have a choice. You can give up your American citizenship. There's been a lot of that
since President Hussein Obama took office. But if you need to travel to the US for any reason, you may not want to give up that citizenship after all. There's recently been an 80% increase in rejections
of applications from Israelis for US tourist visas.
Labels: dual citizenship, Internal Revenue Service, Israeli banks, Israeli taxes, taxation
It's official: 'Equal burden' law passes Knesset
In 2014, Israel is about to become the only country in the world where a Jew can be jailed for studying Torah. That's because on Wednesday morning, the 'equal burden' law passed the Knesset 67-1
, the one being Yoni Chetboun
of the Jewish Home party. The opposition, a hodgepodge of parties from the Right and the Left, boycotted the session, as they did Tuesday's session on electoral reform
. The law includes criminal sanctions against boys who opt to study Torah rather than join the IDF.
This is from the first link.
"This is a historic, important bill," MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi),
who led the Knesset committee to prepare the legislation, declared. "For
65 years there was an exemption for all yeshiva students and the change
the coalition made is proportionate and gradual and correct."
Good luck with that
Shaked added that she "believes in the haredi public and that it will
reach the [enlistment] goals the government set. If there will be
cooperation from haredi leadership, there will not be mandatory
Back to the first link again...
"I imagine this court will reach the High Court by tomorrow. I hope the
judges will read the protocols of the committee meetings and see that
even if the law is not equal it has a worthy goal, which is why I think
it will stand the test of the High Court," she added.
Immediately after the new law passed., the Movement for Quality Government petitioned the High Court against it.
Since when does a 'worthy goal' get a law through the 'High Court'? Oh wait, I forgot, it depends who thinks the goal is 'worthy.'
Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, who headed a committee on
the matter of haredi enlistment, said following the passage of the bill,
" For the first time, an issue at the heart of the conflict of Israeli
society, will be solved. Dramatic change will come."
Meanwhile, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin praised Jewish Home MK Yoni Chetboun
for having the courage of his convictions... but Feiglin did not join him in voting against.
"Yesterday, I sent an SMS of support to MK Yoni Chetboun,” wrote
Feiglin on Facebook. “Not because I agree with him – but simply because I
appreciate any person who goes against the stream and is willing to pay
a price for standing up for his principles. I did this with MK Adi Kol,
also, after she veered a little from the sacred Coalition discipline
and was tarred and feathered by her boss.
"This whole idea of Coalition discipline needs rethinking,” Feiglin added. “Is it really the only way?”
"Sometimes, I entertain 'heretical' thoughts. I would like to set up a
government without Coalition discipline. Let every MK be truly
responsible for the laws he passes and also for maintaining the
government. Let changing wall-to-wall coalitions and oppositions form
around every law. Let the Knesset cease being a 'law machine' and
restore lost pride to itself and its members.”
Fat chance. Take responsibility for their actions? In what world?
Chetboun had clear vision about this bill.
“On the one hand, the members of the Jewish Home party, and chief among them MK Ayelet Shaked, really made a very significant effort so that this law, as I have said in the past, will be workable for the hareidi community,” he told Arutz Sheva Tuesday. "On the other hand, as time goes on – and particularly over the last twenty-four hours – I feel that we are creating a serious schism between us and the Torah world, and the hareidi community.”
“I see Israeli society being split apart by this law. I’m sure nobody meant for that to happen,” he continued. Talk
surrounding the law “is creating a message that is against the Torah
world, against the yeshivas. That disrespects them,” he lamented. “I felt deep inside that I must listen to my conscience, and that I cannot vote for this law."
By the way, Yesh Atid's Adi Kol said that she voted in favor of the law, but didn't really support it. Where would be without coalition discipline?
Labels: Ayelet Shaked, draft, God, Haredim, IDF, Moshe Feiglin, Torah, Yoni Chetboun
My comment to the Beit Shemesh election
The Beit Shemesh 'do over' election is over. The public paid millions of shekels to have a second election and the results show that it was a total waste of money.
If you read the Kalman Liebskind piece that was linked above
, you will see that a total of 36 people were found to have voted without their identification cards. That's it. And in perhaps the biggest sign that the result was correct the first time, the difference between this time and last time was FOUR votes. If Moshe Abutbol (the incumbent who won both elections by a little less than a thousand votes) had not been Haredi there would never have been a second election. But don't expect anyone to apologize for the fraud perpetrated on the Israeli taxpayer. The media are still acting like there was fraud the last time
As to the 'found' identification cards the last time, everyone who has been here in the Haredi community for long enough knows that Neturei Karta pays people not to vote and takes the identification cards for the day to ensure that those who are paid don't vote.
Labels: Beit Shemesh, Haredim, Israeli democracy, lies, Supreme Court
The year without Purim
In the days leading up to Purim in 1996, 60 persons died in five terror attacks throughout Israel. Here in Jerusalem, the same number 18 bus was attacked by suicide bombers on two consecutive Sunday mornings. It was miserable. This is a story about how one woman who had loved ones murdered in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Center in one of those attacks was able to cope. The picture above is the memorial in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv
for the Purim eve attack discussed in the article (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
At 3:56 p.m. on the eve of Purim, a suicide
bomber detonated a twenty-kilogram (44 lb.) bomb laced with nails and
screws at the intersection of Dizengoff and King George Streets, outside
the Dizengoff Center shopping mall in downtown Tel Aviv. Five children
in costumes were among the 13 victims, who included a young soldier, two
friends out for coffee, a journalist on his way to work, an elderly
woman due to meet her son at an Israel philharmonic concert, a woman on
her way home from shopping, and a mother and daughter shopping for a
Seventy-three-year-old Sylvia Bernstein and
her 48-year-old daughter Gail Belkin were out with Gail’s daughter
Lauren for her wedding-dress fitting – she was to be married two weeks
later. In what should have been the happiest week of her life, Lauren
suffered the horrific loss of her mother and grandmother. Sylvia, a
widow, was survived by three other children: her son Paul and daughter
Marlyn Butchins in Israel, and her son Darryl, now in Australia. Gail
was survived by her American husband Larry Belkin – to whom she had been
married for a year, her two daughters, and two stepchildren.
Marlyn and her sister Gail were best
friends and exceptionally close. For nine years Marlyn struggled to find
a way to contain her grief. “For me it doesn’t have to be closure. I
heal – I don’t like the word closure, because there is no closure
really. It’s something that you think about all the time. I eventually
came to the acknowledgment and understanding that life does go on.
Despite the pain and the hardship of the loss, I realized we must
continue to move forward, otherwise we hand a victory to those who would
seek to destroy us.”
Every year Marlyn and Paul and their
families would attend the commemoration service held on the corner of
Dizengoff and King George Streets in the heart of Tel Aviv. There would
be speeches by the mayor and by family members of the victims, Yizkor
(the Jewish memorial prayer), “many, many tears, the names on the stark
stone memorial touched with loving fingers…and we have gone home to
mourn once again.” After a number of years of standing alongside the
other family members at the annual service, Marlyn began to feel
bothered that she didn’t know the other families or anything about the
loved ones they were mourning. This was a tragedy that had permanently affected so many families, and Marlyn only had her own individual piece of the story.
Perhaps this was what led her to the idea
of creating a quilt that would join all the pieces of the tragedy
together into a unifying whole. Marlyn embarked on a personal mission to
create the Dizengoff Memorial Quilt
to bring the stories of the victims of Dizengoff, Purim 1996, to life.
She did so with the help of volunteers from the Accent Quilters Guild of
Read the whole thing
Labels: Purim, suicide bombing, Tel Aviv, terror victims
What was on Iran's terror ship?
Labels: Gaza, Iran, Islamic terrorism, weapons smuggling
He Who Created Joy
Here's Ohad Moskowitz with Asher Bara Sason v'Simcha (He Who Created Joy).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Asher Bara, Ohad Moskowitz, overnight music video
Obama: What happens when good men do nothing?
World dictators love President Obama's foreign policies. Russia can now invade the Ukraine and Iran sends missiles to Hamas. At the same time the USA is easing sanctions on Iran, encouraging it to test the West.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran, Russia, Ukraine
Three Muslim countries ban 'Noah,' more likely to follow
Three Muslim countries have banned the movie Noah, which is based on the biblical story. More are likely to follow.
Censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have
confirmed to Paramount Pictures that they will not release the film,
which stars Russell Crowe and begins its global release later this
Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt are expected to follow suit,
stating that the movie offends Islamic teaching and the “feelings of the
faithful” with its dark representation of a holy figure.
Al-Azhar, Egypt’s leading Sunni Muslim institute, criticised Noah in a statement on Thursday, arguing that the £75 million movie should be banned in the country.
renews its rejection to the screening of any production that
characterizes Allah’s prophets and messengers and the companions of the
Prophet (Muhammad),” the message read.
“Therefore, Al-Azhar announces the prohibition of the upcoming film about the Allah’s messenger Noah – peace be upon him.”
Paramount is unsurprised that Noah is facing difficulties in Muslim countries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The studio has agreed to edit the film’s promotional materials to
include a disclaimer making it clear that this is an imaginative
adaptation of the Bible story, not a literal one.
license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the
essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith
for millions of people worldwide,” Paramount’s statement reads.
Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Logan Lerman also feature in Noah,
based on the Book of Genesis story in which Noah builds an ark to save
his family and pairs of animals from the great flood. In the Koran, a
whole chapter is devoted to him as a holy messenger.
Here's the trailer for Noah. Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: censorship, Islam, movies, Muslims, Noah's Ark
And I thought we were the only ones...
... who really don't like
the poppy seed Hamantaschen....
Labels: humor, Purim
Jewish Home party: Voting your conscience is 'immoral'
In an earlier post, I reported on how the coalition parties had signed an agreement that they would produce every last vote in favor of three bills
that are being brought for approval this week. The three bills are electoral reform (already approved), the Haredi draft and the referendum bill.
Now, the whole house of cards may collapse. This evening, Jewish Home MK Yoni Chetboun, who has thus far been a straight shooter
, announced that he will vote against the Haredi draft bill
“I will oppose the Enlistment Bill. This bill was born in sin, as part
of a wave of anti-religious legislation aimed at challenging the Jewish
identity of the state,” he declared.
On Monday, Chetboun revealed that he, and other MKs with similar views, had made “holes” in the Enlistment Bill
through behind-the-scenes parliamentary work. “What they were hoping
for and the product we brought to the Shaked Committee were completely
different,” he declared.
His Jewish Home colleagues are furious
A statement from the Jewish Home faction said that Chetboun agreed to
vote in favor of the bill just one day earlier. “The Jewish Home
decided yesterday in a faction vote to support the Enlistment Bill and
the National Referendum Bill, and MK Chetboun supported that decision
too,” according to the statement.
“Any vote against the faction is immoral, anti-social and
inappropriate,” it continued, adding, “The Jewish Home faction will not
tolerate a blow to the party and its members. This will have serious
Sources with ties to the party informed Arutz Sheva that if Chetboun
follows through on his plan to vote against the bill, the Jewish Home is
expected to force him out of all official Knesset roles, including his
position as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.
They accused Chetboun of “undermining the hesder yeshivas and the
National Referendum law just because he wants to make headlines.” and
called on him to retract his statement.
Immoral? Voting your conscience is 'immoral'? Voting to prevent an irreparable divide in the nation is 'immoral'? Someone needs to learn a little morality.
Labels: draft, God, Haredim, IDF, Jewish Home party, Yoni Chetboun
Why Abu Mazen will say no? O-b-a-m-a
Khaled Abu Toameh writes that 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
will say no to John Kerry's 'framework agreement' because he has no fear
of US President Hussein Obama.
The Palestinians also do not take Obama seriously, especially in
light of his failure in dealing with the crises in the Arab world and
Abbas believes that he can say no to Obama because the U.S.
Administration will not take any retaliatory measures against the
Palestinian officials in Ramallah pointed out the threats by the U.S.
Administration to impose financial sanctions if Abbas sought unilateral
recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations two years ago.
"President Abbas feels satisfied with the comprehensive campaign of boycotting Israel in the academic and economic fields," explained
Palestinian political analyst Hani Habib. "This means that the
international public opinion is today supportive of the Palestinian
Arab political support and anti-Israel boycott campaigns around the
world have emboldened Abbas to a point where he feels that there is no
need for him to make any concessions for the sake of peace.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Middle East peace process, Palestinian state
Range map for intercepted rockets
The rockets seized from Iran's terror shipment to Gaza would have put over 5 MILLION Israelis
Labels: Gaza, Iran, rockets, weapons smuggling
Iranian ex-spy: Khomeni ordered Pan Am 103 attack as revenge
A former Iranian spy who has defected to Germany claims that Ayatollah Khomeni
ordered the 1988 bombing attack on Pan Am Flight 103, which blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, as revenge for the (accidental) downing of an Iranian airliner by the United States.
Let's go to the videotape.
The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted.
Read the whole thing
Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died.
He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”.
Previously unseen evidence gathered for the aborted appeal hearing of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the bombing, supports Mr Mesbahi’s claim and suggests that the bombers belonged to the extremist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).
Documents obtained by Al Jazeera television for a documentary called Lockerbie: What Really Happened? name key individuals said to be involved in the bombing, including the alleged bomb-maker, the alleged mastermind and the man who may have put the bomb on the doomed Boeing 747.
Labels: Ahmed Jibril, Ayatollah Khomeni, Iran, Iran Air, Islamic terrorism, Libya, Pan Am 103, PFLP-GC
Well, isn't this a bit over the top?
I guess the 'Jewish Press' has crawled out of the gutters and into the sewers. This is as bad as some of the comments I saw on Facebook last week.
The original article - which was 'disappeared' but can still be found on Google cache
- is even more over the top.
I went on the vosizneias.com website to check out the rally, because I expected them to bring the authentic stuff. I wasn’t disappointed, even though they just lifted the AP story without attribution:
“We’re all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn’t allow for religious learning,” said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. “The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot.”
Every single point made by Peggy Blier is a blatant lie. Of course the law allows for religious learning, it merely suggests that at some point—way past the age non-Haredim serve, and for half the time that normal Israelis give freely of their lives—”religious Jews in Israel” should participate in caring for the security of their country, or, if that’s too much, serve the equivalent time in vital organizations inside their own communities for their own neighbors.
That, according to Peggy Blier, is a conspiracy on the part of the Israeli government to destroy religious society.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The Jewish Press in Israel is the world's expert at lifting entire articles without attribution. If they have to attribute it, they won't publish it.
They once asked if they could republish one of my posts, and I said that they could - provided that they linked back to my blog. I was willing to let them republish the entire post and not just an excerpt that would have driven traffic to me (the only way they would consider it). They refused. They wrote that they don't link back to other people's blogs (I have the emails to prove that exchange).
They did offer to publish my blog on their site. So glad I declined the offer.... I'll stay out of the sewers, thank you.
By the way, the person who wrote the article was fired
. The apology that includes the firing notice basically says 'we're in New York and we gave the Israeli branch too much autonomy.' Maybe this will give the Jewish Press an incentive to take control of what goes on in their name in Israel.
Labels: baseless hatred, draft, God, Haredim, IDF, Torah
Government passes new election law 67-0, law effectively does away with no-confidence votes
In a vote on the first of three bills that are to be passed between now and Thursday, the Knesset voted 67-0
to enact electoral reform.
I'll come back to the substance of the vote in a minute, but the JPost has accused the Knesset of stifling dissent
because the manner in which the bills are being passed.
It's important to look at why it's being done this way.
But it seems there is another reason for the government’s haste in
pushing through the three bills before the end of the Knesset winter
session on March 23. The parties making up the coalition are split on
support for the three bills.
Members of the more zealously religious Tekuma faction in Bayit Yehudi
and some other MKs in the party are sympathetic to the haredim and
therefore oppose the use of criminal sanctions against yeshiva students
who refuse to serve in the IDF. Tekuma, which is considering running
on a separate list in the next elections, also opposes the bill to
raise the threshold for getting into the Knesset.
Meanwhile, members of Yesh Atid and Hatnua oppose the referendum bill,
designed to put another obstacle in the way of a government asked to
vote on a territorial compromise with the Palestinians in a peace deal.
And Yisrael Beitenu MKs are disgruntled that the draft law does not
obligate Arab Israelis to perform national service.
To overcome these points of dissent, the heads of all the parties
making up the coalition have been asked to sign a document committing
their MKs to vote in favor of all three bills as a single package deal.
Coalition heads fear that if the votes are delayed until after the
Knesset break is over, the shaky arrangement that was cobbled together
might fall apart and one or more of the bills will not pass.
There is nothing unlawful about this sort of parliamentary wheeling and
dealing. The coalition is permitted to speed up the legislation
process, particularly ahead of a looming deadline like the one facing
the Knesset, in order to pass a bill. Coalition parties regularly
strike quid pro quo deals, where one party agrees to support the
legislation of another party on condition that this support is
But the conflation of both of these tactics is a bit much, particularly
when the bills up for discussion are so controversial and when their
passage is far from time sensitive.
For the first bill, at least, the coalition held. But then, you wouldn't think it would be so controversial to raise the threshold for getting into the Knesset from 2% of the vote to 3.25% (minimum three MK's to minimum four MK's), would you? I thought this bill ought to be a slam dunk. Aside from the threshold, it limits the number of cabinet ministers to 18 and the number of deputy ministers to four, and gets rid of the title "Minister without Portfolio." That's all good because ministers cost millions of Shekels. So what's bad in this bill? This
The new law also requires the opposition to form an alternative
government and appoint an alternate prime minister as a precondition for
submitting no-confidence measures.
The current opposition consists of the left-wing Labor party, the further left-wing Meretz party, the Haredi parties and the Arab parties (who may have a hard time making the threshold unless they unite). What are the odds on those disparate groups reaching an agreement on an 'alternative government'? Given that no Arab party has ever been in the government and that the Haredim and the Left have agreed on very little over the last 35 years, I would say that the odds are quite poor. So essentially, there are no more no-confidence votes.
Given that we vote for parties rather than individuals, the coalition parties will be strengthened by this measure and 'Israeli democracy' will become even more distant from its constituency than it is already.
None of that bothers Avigdor Lieberman. He thinks that the opposition has to humor him by showing up for the vote rather than going on vacation for three days of futility.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday denounced the opposition as
a group of "whiners, post-Zionists, and terrorist representatives" in
response to its decision to boycott the Knesset vote on a bill which
limits the number of government ministers and raises the minimum vote
threshold for parties to win representation in parliament.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli democracy, Israeli elections, Israeli Knesset
Keep the Sabbath, stay alive
An Orthodox Jewish travel agent's refusal to book a ticket for a Friday night flight for a customer saved the customer's life
according to this report on Dan's Deals' web site (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
The travel agent, an Orthodox Jew, proposed the following business class itinerary, slightly altering the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight from Saturday to Friday.
Andy loved the price, but again requested the Saturday morning flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing:
The travel agent responded that he would not be able to book travel for him over the Sabbath, but that he was free to book that flight by himself:
What did Andy do? For the shocking conclusion, read the whole thing
Labels: Malaysia, Sabbath observance, terrorism, travel
Shocka: Malaysia Airlines fake passport holder was Iranian
What a surprise.... One of the travelers with a false passport on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on Friday night was an Iranian national
Malaysia's police chief said on Tuesday that one of the two men
holding false passports who boarded the Malaysian airliner that vanished
last week was an Iranian national.
The identity of the other man was being investigated, Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference.
According to Malasyian Minister of Defense Hishamuddin Hussein,
photographs of both of the men traveling under false identities were
been revealed to US officials in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A senior Malaysian police official stated that in the past, "We have
stopped men with false or stolen passports and carrying explosives, who
have tried to get past KLIA (airport) security and get on to a plane."
He added, "There have been two or three incidents, but I will not
divulge the details."
Interpol confirmed on Sunday that at least
two passengers used stolen passports and said it was checking whether
others on board had used false identity documents.
You will recall that on Monday it was reported that an Iranian national who is not a suspect had purchased the tickets
for the two false passport holders.
On it's 9:00 am newscast, Israel Radio reported that the two false passport holders were asylum seekers. Sure doesn't sound like it.
Labels: Iran, Islamic terrorism, Malaysia, terrorism
Azmi Bishara? An Israeli agent?
Once upon a time, Azmi Bishara was a Knesset member representing an 'Israeli Arab party.' In 2007, Bishara fled Israel (and resigned
from the Knesset) when it was discovered that during the 2006 Second Lebanon War he was helping Hezbullah to target missiles
. That's called treason.
For a while thereafter, Bishara continued to receive his pension and other benefits
from the Knesset! The Knesset finally revoked those benefits
in 2010. Bishara now lives in Qatar, where he is close to the ruling family.
Inspector Tamim was formerly the police chief of Dubai. He made himself famous during the uproar that followed the liquidation of Hamas arms dealer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
Tamim has gone a little off the wall
lately, and Israel Radio reported in its 9:00 am newscast that Tamim has accused Bishara of being an Israeli agent, and calling for Bishara to be expelled from the Persian Gulf. Here's hoping they get to duel it out over those charges really soon.
Labels: Azmi Bishara, Dubai, Inspector Tamim, Israeli Arab, Israeli Knesset, Qatar, treason
Lift your eyes to the sky
Here's Shmuel Shapiro with Seu Marom Eineichem (Lift your eyes to the sky).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: overnight music video, Seu Marom Eineichem, Shmuel Shapiro
'Human rights' groups a Zionist scam
Let's see how many of you remember the guy in the picture....
The Cynic of Raanana has proven that 'human rights' groups are nothing but a Zionist scam
Read it all
Any organization wishing to operate in Israel has to find some office
space, right? So, some USD and EUR goes to renting/buying an office. And
yes, the Israeli government gets a share of that money [in the form of
Ok, you’ve got the office, now you need furnishings. Where will you buy
them? Well, at the nearest store, of course. So, some of that money goes
to buying furniture. And yes, the Israeli government gets a share of
Now you need some electronic instruments and supplies, like a computer, a
fax, a printer, paper, and so on. Where will they buy them? Well, as
you would expect, at the nearest store. So, some money goes to buying
instruments and office supplies. And yes, the Israeli government gets a
share of that money.
Now, you need some employees - someone to take phone calls, someone to
write ads, someone to push your ideas to the Israeli public. So, you
need hire some people. So you help Israel in reducing unemployment. And
yes, the Israeli government gets a share of that money.
I think you’re starting to get the picture…
Israel’s economy is actually assisted by the Human Rights groups’ activities.
Labels: human rights, Israel, Israeli taxes
Are they behind the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
In the middle of the nuclear 'negotiations,' could Hassan Rohani and Ayatollah Ali Khameni
be behind the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 on Friday night? It's beginning to look like that might be the case.
Malaysian authorities have given US investigators biometric details on two passengers who used stolen passports to travel on a Malaysia Airlines flight
that disappeared on Saturday.
It is hoped the move could accelerate
identification of the two men who are now at the centre of the
international mystery over what happened to flight MH370, which disappeared over the South China Sea
with 239 passengers and crew aboard.
Krutnait, owner of the agency Grand Horizon Travel in Pattaya,
Thailand, said the Iranian, a long-term business contact who she knew
only as “Mr Ali”, first asked her to book cheap tickets to Europe for
the two men on March 1. Ms Benjaporn initially reserved one of the men
on a Qatar Airways flight and the other on Etihad.
But the tickets expired when Ms Benjaporn did not
hear back from Mr Ali. When he contacted her again on Thursday, she
rebooked the men on the Malaysia Airlines
flight through Beijing because it was the cheapest available. Ms
Benjaporn booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines via a code
A friend of Mr Ali paid Ms Benjaporn cash for the tickets, she said,
adding that it was quite common for people to book tickets in Pattaya
through middle men such as Mr Ali, who then take a commission.
Mr Ali could not immediately be reached for comment on a Tehran
mobile number provided by Ms Benjaporn. She added that she had known Mr
Ali for about three years, during which time he spent a lot of time in
Pattaya and booked travel for himself or his contacts at least once a
month on average. There is no evidence that Mr Ali knew the two men were
travelling on stolen passports.
Benjaporn said she did not believe Mr Ali was linked to terrorism,
particularly as he had not specified booking the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing
flight but had instead asked for the cheapest route to Europe. Ms
Benjaporn said she was speaking about the case because she was concerned
over the speculation about a terrorist attack and wanted the facts to
Ya think? Hmmm.
Labels: Iran, Malaysia, terrorism
It starts: IDF indefinitely postponing creation of Haredi infantry brigade because there are no soldiers
A lot of people in the Haredi community warned that trying to push young Haredi men to the wall and forcing them to enlist would mean that the community would close ranks and those who would have enlisted no longer will. Now, it's happening.
The IDF had planned to create an additional Haredi infantry brigade in parallel to Netzach Yehuda, which is the largest combat brigade in the army. A commanding officer had been chosen. The unit was ready to go. But, reports Maariv, no one signed up
(link in Hebrew).
The new brigade was to have been drafted in March (as in now). The IDF recently gave notice that the creation of the brigade is being postponed due to an absence of recruits who meet its criteria. And pity the poor guy who was supposed to command this unit. He's been told that if another unit is not found for him, he will have to leave the army.
The army is still hoping to create the new brigade by August.
Maariv notes that until now, the only part of the Haredi community that was totally opposed to drafting Haredim was what it calls "the extreme fringe of the Lithuanian community headed by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach. But recently, the majority of the Haredi community has expressed its opinion that it must take a more extreme stand and oppose all drafting of Haredim.
Perhaps the yeshiva heads should thank Yair Lapid for ensuring that no one else will leave the yeshivas for some time to come.
Labels: God, Haredim, IDF, Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, Torah, Yair Lapid
What an anti-Semite!
No, this post is not about Jimmy Carter or Barack Hussein Obama. It's about their good friend Desmond Tutu, who once again proves that his unbridled hate of Israel and Jews
overcomes anything - including supporting his own people.
"I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women
and children by members of the Israeli security forces," he said in a
statement. "Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans
who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the
security forces of the apartheid government."
The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town made the statement as the 10th annual Israel Apartheid Week
opened Sunday in South Africa. The initiative, part of the
international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’s campaign
against Israel, is being marked in 87 cities this year. Tutu visited
Israel in 1989.
International pressure similar to the BDS movement led to the end of apartheid in South Africa, the statement said.
South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help
of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means,
such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other
corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid
The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate
the divestment movement trying to end Israel's decades long occupation
of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the
Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them."
who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for standing up against
white-minority rule in South Africa, added that people who don't act
against injustice are complicit in it.
''Those who turn a blind
eye to injustice actually perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in
situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor," he
said. "It doesn't matter where we worship or live. We are members of one
family, the human family, God's family."
Tutu has apparently forgotten what real apartheid is like. Let's remind him. Recall that I linked to a post from a South African blog here
. Here's some of what Steve - who grew up with it - had to say about apartheid
were two components to Apartheid – grand apartheid with its goal of
political separation, and petty apartheid which sought to segregate
whites from non whites. Both components were equally important and
intertwined for one could not succeed without the other.
apartheid was to be achieved by creating separate political realities
for whites and non whites. This was done by revoking the citizenship
from non-white South Africans reducing the ‘legal’ population of South
Africa so that the whites would be the demographic majority. Homelands
called Bantustans were created and these were eventually to become
separate independent states. Blacks were to either be physically moved
into these homelands, or nationally tied to them (i.e. they would become
a citizen of the homeland that they might have never set foot in; and
not a citizen of South Africa). Naturally, even blacks that were not yet
assigned a Bantustan, were denied suffrage (i.e. they were denied the
right to vote).
Legislation was passed to legally separate blacks
from whites in all aspects of daily life. The separate public amenities
act ruled that blacks and whites would receive separate public
services. Blacks and whites were to have separate education, medical
care, transport and beaches. The legislation even pervaded to the use of
parks – blacks could not sit on the same benches as whites and they
could not even use the same water fountains used by whites.
were also passed prohibiting blacks and whites from having sexual
relations. This was policed to the extent that a white could be
incarcerated for allowing a black of the opposite sex to sit on the
front seat in their car.
Apartheid ensured the domination by a
white minority over a black majority in every apsect of their daily
lives. Blacks could not participate in the political process, they were
forced to study in languages selected by the government and their
education was geared towards making them useful labourers for their
It is thus easy to see that Israel is not an
apartheid state. All citizens of Israel (whether Muslim or Jewish, Arab
or European) have equality before the law. There is nothing close to
resembling the separate provision of amenities – Muslims and Jews use
the same hospitals, Muslims and Jews use the same public transport,
Muslims and Jews all vote in Israeli elections, Muslims and Jews can run
for election etc etc. Muslims in Israel can choose to study in the
language of their preference and Arabic is even one of the national
languages of Israel. In apartheid South Africa, although blacks made up
over 80% of the population, not a single African language was recognised
by the state.
Tutu is cheapening what his own people endured out of hatred for Jews and Israel. He went through the entire experience of apartheid and learned nothing.
Labels: anti-Semitism, apartheid state, Desmond Tutu, Israeli apartheid, Israeli apartheid week, South Africa
'Mid-air disintegration'? You mean an explosion?
It's looking more and more like the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from the radar screens early Saturday morning exploded in mid-air
"The fact that we are unable to find any
debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have
disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source, who is involved
in the preliminary investigations in Malaysia.
the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on
impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly
concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition
of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the
The source was
speaking shortly before Vietnamese authorities said a military plane had
spotted an object at sea suspected to be part of the missing airliner.
Asked about the possibility of an explosion,
such as a bomb, the source said there was no evidence yet of foul play
and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical issues.
authorities have said they are focused on finding the plane and have
declined to comment when asked about the investigations.
the source said the closest parallels were the explosion on board an
Air India jetliner in 1985 when it was over the Atlantic Ocean and the
Lockerbie air disaster in 1988. Both planes were cruising at around
31,000 feet when bombs exploded on board.
On Sunday, they were comparing this plane to Air France 447
, but in that case there was wreckage. Pan Am 103 had wreckage because it went down over land. Air India 182
took years to resolve. That's what this one sounds like.
Labels: airport security, Malaysia, terrorism
'I suggested cutting off the negotiations, but Abu said not until we get all the terrorists released'
What a nice guy 'Palestinian' chief
negotiator bottle washer
Saeb Erekat is. He suggested to 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
that the 'Palestinians' end the 'negotiations' with Israel. But Abu Bluff would have nothing of it. Not until he gets all his terrorists released
Abbas reportedly told Erekat that he wasn't willing to quit until the
fourth prisoner release takes place at the end of the month.
When asked if he had seen a document which proposes that the talks
continue until the end of 2014, Erekat denied that he had seen anything
of the sort, despite reports in the media that he had.
"I have not seen this paper, contrary to what you say in the Israeli media," he said.
"The gaps between the two sides is still very wide," he added.
Erekat claimed that the main obstacle to the talks was the issue of Israel as a Jewish state.
"We've talked about the core issues: Jerusalem, borders, refugees, water and prisoners," he said.
The negotiator continued and said that the 'character' of Israel, whether its a Jewish state of not, has not been decided upon.
demand is that Israel recognize the state of Palestine within the 1967
borders. Then the two countries will live in peace and it will end the
conflict between us," he claimed.
This is incredible. Four groups of the hardest of the hard core terrorists are being released.... for nothing. What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, Saeb Erekat
Iranian cleric claims Albert Einstein was a Shiite Muslim
And Abraham sacrificed Ishmael, and Moses was a Muslim, and Jesus was a Muslim and Maimonides
was a Muslim, and Rachel
was a Muslim, and... oh, wait... they've claimed all those things too. So why not claim that Albert Einstein
was a Muslim?
The report cites a video by Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the
head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who
says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced
Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja’far Al-Sadiq, an
eighth-century Shi’i imam.
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about
the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, “a process which was faster than
the speed of light,” he realized “this is the very same relativity
movement that Einstein had understood.”
The ayatollah adds: “Einstein said, ‘when I heard about the narratives
of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet's household] I
realized they had understood these things way before us.’”
Reports of Einstein’s affinity to Islam circulated in 2012 as well, when
the grandson of the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi claimed the
scientist was “corresponding with the cleric and had admitted Shia Islam
was the most scientific and just religion in the world.”
Labels: Albert Einstein, Islam, lies
Thousands demonstrate in New York against drafting yeshiva students
Anywhere from 50,000
(link in Hebrew) Haredim filled a 10-block area of lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest against the government of Israel's proposed draft of yeshiva students.
Let's go to the videotape.
So what's it all about. I'd like to quote two sentences from the first link, which I think summarize why the Haredi community - both in Israel and abroad (there was also a huge demonstration in London last week) - has reacted so strongly.
'We're all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn't allow for religious learning,' said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. 'The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot.'
'They came out of fear of one thing: that they are going to be changed, that they will be put in a melting pot and changed,' ultra-Orthodox lawmaker Israel Eichler told Israeli Channel 2 TV.
Yes, that's really what it's all about. When the Israeli government makes the effort to convince Haredim otherwise - which they won't do through sanctions, criminal or otherwise - they might succeed in getting Haredim to join the army and/or the workforce. Until then, all they've accomplished is to undo the progress which has been made in the past ten years:
In 2011, for instance, 55 percent of ultra-Orthodox women and 45 percent of the men held jobs, up from 48 percent and 33 percent respectively nine years earlier, according to Israel's central bank and its central bureau of statistics. The numbers, while still far below the national average of around 80 percent, show the community is far from the homogenous mass viewed by outsiders.
I suspect 2014's numbers will go back in the other direction.
Labels: draft, God, Haredim, IDF, peaceful demonstrations, prayers, Torah
(via Bad Blue
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, humor
Listen my son
Here's Yitzi Rosinger together with the Shira choir singing Shma Bni (Listen my son) (the original of this tune was Mordechai Ben David).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Mordechai Ben David, overnight music video, Shira Choir, Shma Bni, Yitzi Rosinger
Final inventory of weapons ship posted
The big show won't be until Monday, when the government hopes to bring most of the foreign diplomats in the country to Eilat, but the IDF has already posted its final inventory
of the weapons discovered on the Klos-C - the Iranian weapons ship that was intercepted off the coast of Sudan this past week.
After detailed analysis carried out by the Engineering Corps, the IDF
found 40 M-302 rockets, with a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers,
hidden in crates.
The Klos C also carried 180 120mm. mortar shells and some 400,000 7.62mm. bullets.
are advanced weapons that were intended to threaten the security of
millions of Israeli civilians. The IDF will continue in its mission to
prevent arms smuggling across the Middle East to various terrorist
organizations, under Iranian cover and funding,” the military said in a
Before being intercepted,
the ship was heading for Port Sudan, where the Iranian Quds Force had
planned to pick up the rockets and move them overland via Egypt and
into Gaza through smuggling tunnels, the IDF determined.
Thank God the IDF was able to stop this.
Labels: Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Jihad, Sudan, weapons shipment, weapons smuggling
It's come to this: This is how Catherine Ashton observed International Women's Day
Now don't get me wrong. I'm an Orthodox Jew, and Mrs. Carl covers her hair (not with a hijab) and wears sleeves below the elbow and skirts below the knee all the time. But Mrs. Carl does that because she chooses to and because that's how we choose to live our lives. Ashton clearly does not choose to walk around in a hijab. Only in Iran.
As to Ashton's statement, it really is vacuous. It sounds like she just wants an agreement - any agreement. And given that she seems quite unsure that there will ever be one, you have to wonder again why the sanctions were eased at all.
Labels: Catherine Ashton, Iranian nuclear threat, women
Abu Bluff: Referendum on Any Agreement among Palestinians Worldwide, No to Jewish State
Does anyone still believe there's really going to be an agreement?
Let's go to the videotape.
Abu Bluff is meeting with President Obama on the day that is Purim in Jerusalem. How appropriate.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Palestinian refugees, Palestinians, right of return, two-state solution
Religious soldiers forced to shave off beards, video taken aboard Navy ship on Sabbath blogged on Sabbath by IDF spokesperson
Yeah, this has a lot to do with their ability to be good soldiers. Oh yeah, and it really gives the IDF tons of credibility when they say that they are prepared to accommodate Haredi religious practices. In one of the IDF's top units, soldiers were recently threatened that they would be charged with insubordination
if they did not shave off their beards (link in Hebrew). Several soldiers panicked and did shave them off.
One of them told 0404 news "It was the worst Sabbath of my life. I sat in the synagogue and I was embarrassed to tell my friends that I was beardless because the IDF, in the army of the Jewish state, I was forced to shave off my beard. I am considered an outstanding soldier. They sent me to an officer's course, but they demanded that I and my religious friends shave off our beards. One of my friends doesn't plan to have his off, and we are afraid that they will expel him, and all because of a demand that is against IDF rules.
I shaved off the beard because I was forced to do so a minute before I was to receive new soldiers for instruction. I was afraid they would expel me. I could not concentrate the entire Sabbath. I am sorry I did this.
Over the weekend, many of you saw a video from last week of IDF soldiers singing Sabbath songs on the deck of a ship on their way to intercept the Iranian weapons ship. While going on that mission on the Sabbath was clearly allowed (saving someone from mortal danger takes precedence over all but three cardinal sins - idol worship, murder and forbidden sexual relations, and in any event, if a ship embarks before the Sabbath you are allowed to continue on the journey on the Sabbath), videotaping the soldiers singing Sabbath songs was clearly not a matter of life and death. And even if it was staged and did not happen on the Sabbath, or if it was done by non-religious soldiers who didn't know better, the fact that it was uploaded on the Sabbath by the IDF spokesperson is a clear, non-essential violation of the Sabbath by an official IDF office - the office of the spokesperson.
I won't link that video. Many years ago, one of my rabbis told me that it is forbidden to watch a video or listen to a broadcast of a live event that you know was made by a Jew on the Sabbath.
And you wonder why Haredim say that they cannot serve in the IDF without having their religious values compromised?
Labels: Haredim, IDF
Israeli travelers restricted by cruise line
Received by email:
B'nai Brith Canada has learned from Canadian Jewish tourists aboard a Norwegian Jade cruise ship that Israeli tourists have been denied the right to disembark when the ship dropped anchor at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia. As passengers began preparations to visit the country, Israelis on board were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government and would have to remain onboard.
According to some Jewish passengers no prior notice was issued, either in writing or by public announcement. The cruise line also failed to advise passengers in advance that Israeli tourists would be confined to the ship when arriving at the Tunisian port. Other Jews aboard were unaware that their coreligionists were being detained and were outraged when news of the incident spread.
According to B'nai Brith Canada's CEO, Frank Dimant, "The cruise line has a responsibility to it's passengers to advise them of this discriminatory policy in advance. Better still the cruise line should avoid ports that have such policies. "
Aren't you glad that there was an Arab spring so that all the Muslim countries get self-determination?
Labels: Jews, Muslim anti-Semitism, Tunisia
Kedar: It's time to end the fantasy of a 'Palestinian people'
Professor Mordechai Kedar says it's time to end the fantasy of a 'Palestinian people.' But first, let's look at this video in which Kedar talks about the possibility of 'peace' between Israel and the Arabs.
Let's go to the videotape.
Here's what Kedar thinks should be done
Despite the benefits of this ambiguous situation, Israel should adopt
a clearer policy: Since the PLO has not abandoned its plan to destroy
Israel, it must end the dream of establishing a state under the rule of
this organization. The Hamas movement began the process in Gaza, and
Israel must continue it in Judea and Samaria in order to establish seven
city-states and to leave the rural areas under Israeli control.
The seven city-states will free most of the Arab population in Judea
and Samaria from Israeli control and Israel can offer citizenship to
residents of the rural space. These city-states based on local clans
will be real entities and not the fantasies of some Palestinian
intellectuals and tired Israeli souls regarding the existence of a
single united Palestinian people in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.
The Palestinian people exist just as the Syrian people do, the Iraqi,
Libyan or Sudanese people. The social reality in the Middle East is
rooted in the culture of the tribe, the ethnic group (Arabs, Kurds,
etc.), the religious group (Muslims, Druze, Alawites, Christians, etc.)
and sectarian group (Sunni, Shia, etc.). Only countries based on one
homogeneous group can survive in this area, and provide their citizens
with a reasonable life.
Israel must base its policy on reality, not on dreams and fantasies of a new Middle East.
Read the whole thing
Labels: Mordechai Kedar, Palestinian people, tribalism
Israeli 'justice' in action
I really did not want to get involved in Beit Shemesh's 'do-over' Mayoral election (a family friend is running one candidate's campaign), but this is really too much and has to at least be pointed out.
For those who are not familiar with the story, in the Beit Shemesh Mayoral election in October, the Haredi incumbent defeated the secular challenger by less than 1,000 votes. During the day, police supposedly found 'hundreds' of identification cards in a home in Beit Shemesh. But it turns out - at least if this story
by a supporter of the secular candidate (link in Hebrew, but I'm embedding an English translation below) is correct - that the total number of identification cards found was... 161. Those identification cards were not used to vote. They were turned in by people who were paid (yes, that happens in the Jewish state) not
to vote, and who deposit their identification cards for the day in order to ensure that they really don't
vote. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Jerusalem district court ruled that the elections should be done over, and the Supreme Court upheld that ruling. The new elections are taking place on Tuesday.
I'm embedding the English translation below. A comment will follow (Hat Tip: Asher G
President Obama and his Chicago friends have nothing - nothing - on the Israeli court system.
But the key to this article is the last sentence:
It is difficult to imagine that there is any other sector, other than the Chareidi sector, whose election victory the court could feel so free to invalidate based on such flimsy evidence.
Labels: Beit Shemesh, Haredim, Israeli democracy, lies, Supreme Court
This is rich: 'Equal burden' law to be debated on Lapid's great-great-great-grandfather's yahrtzeit (anniversary of death)
This is rich....
Israel's Knesset is going to debate the 'Equal Burden
' law on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Klein, a well known Hassidic rabbi who was the rabbi of the town of Chust
, Ukraine (link in Hebrew), and later of the town of Selish, Romania. Rabbi Klein passed away on the 9th day of the Second Adar in 5635 (corresponding to the Gregorian year 1875) and is buried in Selish. Tuesday is the 9th day of the Second Adar in 5774.
Rabbi Klein was the great-great-great-grandfather of Yair Lapid. The book pictured above was a biography of Rabbi Klein written by his
grandson - Lapid's great grandfather - Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Klein.
On Tuesday, a delegation of rabbis from Israel will fly to Selish to pray at Rabbi Klein's grave
, asking Rabbi Klein to foil his progeny's plan to draft Haredim into the IDF and impose criminal sanctions on those who refuse to go (link in Hebrew).
Rabbi Klein was the author of a work called Tzror HaChayim (the Secret of Life), which the article says is studied in many yeshivos (I don't recall seeing it, but that doesn't mean much).
Labels: God, Haredim, IDF, Torah, Yair Lapid
Hamas 'work accident' kills 10
Just a month after an Iraqi weapons instructor killed himself and 20 students
, a Hamas instructor killed himself and seriously wounded nine bomb-making students on Saturday night.
The military wing of Hamas said on Saturday evening that a field
commander was killed in an accidental "internal explosion" in the
Hashashin neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, while
medical sources said that nine others were wounded.
The Qassam Brigades said that Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul, 30, was killed in the explosion.
spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said
that the majority of the nine individuals wounded in the explosion were
suffering from serious injuries.
Labels: Hamas, Palestinian terrorism, work accident
Malaysia Airlines jet may have turned back
This one gets more suspicious by the minute.
A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 that disappeared off Vietnamese controllers radar screens on Friday night may have tried to turn back to Kuala Lampur
over the South China Sea.
A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its
scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers
said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane
and the 239 people aboard.
More than 36 hours after the last contact with Flight MH370, officials
said they were widening the search to cover vast swathes of sea around
Malaysia and off Vietnam, and were investigating at least two passengers
who may have been using false identity documents.
Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft
criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has
been found, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of
"What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that
we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a
turnback," Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told
reporters at a news conference.
There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing
777-200ER disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur
bound for Beijing early on Saturday.
The plane may also have had four people - not two - traveling with false identities.
European officials said it appeared two people on board were using
stolen passports and Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein
said authorities were also checking the identities of two other
"All the four names are with me," said Hishamuddin, who is also defense
minister. "I have indicated to our intelligence agencies and I have also
spoken to international intelligence agencies for assistance."
Malaysia Airlines recently joined OneWorld, the consortium where I have my frequent flier miles. But I'm about as likely to use them as I am to use Qatar Airlines, which also recently joined.... And of course, no one is mentioning that Malaysia is a mostly-Muslim country whose former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, was an open and virulent anti-Semite
. Just sayin'....
Labels: hijacking, Malaysia, Muslims, terrorism
Medea Benjamin's miraculous 'recovery'
On Thursday, I posted part of Medea Benjamin's rant about her group's detention at Cairo Airport
on its way to Gaza. I posted it together with the picture above rather than the picture below, because I focused on the group, rather than on the rock star. I should have known better.
By the way, the caption of that picture says that she is being 'welcomed home by loved ones.' Do you see any?
In describing her ordeal, Benjamin claimed
Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.
But by Friday, Benjamin had miraculously 'recovered.' Here's a guest post by Kristinn Taylor on Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit
Three days after she claimed to have been brutally attacked, stomped
on, her arm ripped out of its socket and ligaments torn by Egyptian
authorities trying to deport her from the Cairo aiprport, Susan ‘Medea’
Benjamin appeared to be miraculously healed as shown on a video of an interview recorded Friday.
Benjamin, leader of the terrorist support group Code Pink, spoke to
Bill Hughes at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The camera
shot is tight from the shoulders up. Benjamin looks quite healthy. No
scabs, no bruises, no swelling, no torn scalp, no broken teeth. When the
camera pulls back to show her torso, her left arm which she claimed was
broken, dislocated and had ligaments torn, is seen free of any sling,
cast, or means of support. Benjamin is wearing two pullover shirts,
meaning she had to lift her arms to get dressed. She does however hold
her left arm folded against her abdomen.
Let's go to the videotape.
. That's an awfully fast 'recovery,' isn't it?
Labels: Code Pink, lies, Medea Benjamin, useful idiots
The truth about 'Palestinian' rock throwing: The Wadi'a Maswadah Hoax
Here's a really important video for you all to watch, especially in light of recent stories
about Baby Adele
Let's go to the videotape.
For those who want to help Baby Adele, here's
Labels: Palestinian terrorism, stone throwers, terror victims
Most pro-Israel President evah says no need for PA to recognize Israel as a Jewish state
The self-proclaimed 'most pro-Israel President evah' has decided that the 'Palestinians' need not recognize Israel as a Jewish state
as part of a 'peace agreement.'
The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian
Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace
agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.
Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds
newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish
state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this
position as part of the final agreement.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA
recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal
to recognize Israel stands at the heart of the conflict.
Is there any more Obama could do to undermine Israel's position?
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel is a Jewish state, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome