Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ya'alon vs. Shaked: The Illusion of an Adversarial Relationship

ט"ו לחודש עשירי תשע"ו

Arutz 7: Ya'alon, Shaked exchange words over Duma
Defense Minister hints Jewish Home members should do some soul-searching after attacking the ISA over Duma. Shaked responds.

Uzi Baruch and Hezki Ezra: 12/27/2015

The Likud and the Jewish Home engaged in a war of words on Saturday, which began when Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) criticized the Jewish Home by linking statements some of its MKs had made with the arson attack in Duma, and also accusing Jewish Home members of rushing to make false accusations against the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) with regards to the investigation into the arson.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) later responded by accusing Ya’alon of trying to make a political gain from the Duma affair.

"Unfortunately, the terrorists are Jews," Yaalon told Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” program in reference to the culprits behind the Duma arson. He urged Israelis not to stain all the Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria nor the entire religious Zionist movement, but said that "certainly someone needs to do some soul-searching." (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon
The Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon (Likud) said...
"He urged Israelis not to stain all the Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria nor the entire religious Zionist movement."
In other words, it is OK to live in Yehudah and Shomron. This is just the same old rhetoric designed to convince the masses that Zionism can be separated from Torah. This has been going on for hundreds of years already. It's boring, but insideous, and very frustrating that Jews fail to see this. In fact, at least 80 percent of us, the same percentage the midrash suggests never made it out of Egypt (See Rashi on Parashath Beshalah). Coincidence?

Now look at what Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) said...
"Do not try to stain the religious Zionist movement, an entire community that serves and contributes to society, because of a group of terrorist anarchists who Bogie knows are outlaws who do not listen to rabbinical and educational authority,"
See any difference between what the two ministers said? I sure don't. Both cabinet ministers also agree that the actions of the ISA/Shabba"k were acceptable. Plus, neither of them have mentioned any evidence than any of the boys currently held in administrative detention, have done anything, let alone burn an Arab house down.

Claiming that criticism of government officials and agencies constitute "attacks" is simply code for "you don't really have freedom of speech."

Plus, once again, loyalty to the State is used as a litmus test for demonization. Failure to accept indoctrination from the State's education system appears to be tantamount to committing a crime against the State.

This type of "argument" is an old trick governments use in order to trick the masses into believing that they actually have a choice, when the go to the poles.

Here in Israel we do have a choice: Slow and steady battle against the Torah and annexation of Yehudah and Shomron or a quick and dirty one.

Ya'alon and Shaked are only "arguing" over the irrelevant nuances of the somewhat slow and steady battle against the Torah and true Zionism, which appears to be building up increasingly faster.

It looks like the State's government is getting increasingly scared.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Torture is Acceptable When it is Against Jewish Dissidents

י״א לחודש העשירי תשע״ו
Arutz 7: ISA 'sexually harassed' Duma suspect
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir demands immediate end to investigation after suspect confesses under duress, calls for investigation into ISA.

Yoni Kempinski, 12/22/2015

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing Jewish suspects arrested over the Duma arson attack in July, announced Tuesday morning that the main suspect provided evidence that the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) sexually harassed him during the course of their interrogations.

"The sexual harassment against my client damages all that is sacred to him, his values of Torah observance and the commandments," Ben-Gvir stated, adding that his client had been sleep-deprived for an extended period of time.

"After the interrogators passed the initial stages of interrogation and my client stuck to the truth, they simply received a license to kill," he continued, adding that the interrogators may have sodomized him. "At some point four thugs entered his room, beat him, and tied him to his bed."

"The descriptions are shocking and appalling: they tied him upside down and beat him again and again, until he screamed 'Enough! Leave me alone, let me go, I didn't do anything!'" Ben-Gvir said. "They broke him. I believe very much that there are doubts that any confession he made are usable in court. They beat him into a shadow of a person." 
"The things my client said have no weight, because any person in this situation would admit to anything," he added. "I think that each and every citizen of Israel would admit the charges against him in this case."(cont.)
What does the Prime Minister say to this?
PM Binyamin Netanyahu
YNET: Netanyahu backs Shin Bet as right-wing protests continue
Ministers Bennett, Shaked and Ya'alon also come out in defense of the Israel Security Agency amid allegations of torture of Jewish suspects in Duma arson; 15 protesters arrested during demonstrations against Shin Bet. 
YNET reporters, new agencies: 12.22.15
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement of support on Tuesday to the Shin Bet, condemning criticism of the agency surrounding allegations of torture used against the Jewish suspects arrested in connection with the arson in Duma that claimed the lives of three members of the Dawabsheh family. 
Yoram Cohen, ISA Head
Is that a kippah on his head?
"Director Yoram Cohen and his personnel are doing important and excellent work for the people of Israel and for the security of Israel. I find the attacks on them to be unacceptable," Netanyahu said. 
Jewish extremists have for years vandalized or set fire to Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches, the offices of left-wing Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases. The so-called "price tag" attacks seek to exact a cost for Israeli steps seen as favoring the Palestinians. (cont.)
Well, YNET has certainly gotten that wrong. Jews want a Torah State Kingdom, not an assimilationist, Erev Rav-controled State, hellbent on battling against the Torah, destroying anything even remotely recognizeable as Jewish within the Divinely Promised Land of Israel.

Palestinians Arabs are only a small part of it.

The Prime Minister continued...
He called for the end of the "cynical political incitement against the Shin Bet and its people, who are acting in accordance with the law, with a close and strict legal guidance, and the investigation they are conducting is meant to bring uncurbed terrorists to justice."
Acting in accordance with the law? Which "law" would that be?

Here is a photo of a segment of a court transcript from the December 16, 2015 hearing of one of the imprisoned boys...

Q: Do you need any medical treatment?
A: For my back, maybe.
Q: What is going to happen now, is that your lawyer will come in and ask questions!
A: I can't anymore (cries).
Q: They have requested an additional extension of detention a few more days. I should hear from your parents and your lawyer?
A: But they don't know what they're doing to me there, and entire night of abuse. I said to them they will kill me, and don't do that to me. Give me poison. I beg your honor, [I] can't anymore. (suspect cries)Q: I will hear the lawyer and the investigative unit's representative, and before I decide, I will call you. 
Now, watch this video demonstration video from HaKol HaYehudi (The Jewish Voice), and see if you agree if these practices are "in accordance with the law."

Previous news reports indicated that the torture included being kicked in the genitals, until one of the boys could not feel anything. The message here is clear. The Erev Rav not only wants to castrate the power of their emunah (faith), but wants to stop them from procreating,...literally. This is what following the Torah, and giving it precedence of State law, will get you!

If the victims of ISA abuse had been Arabs, we were never hear the end of it. In fact, the ISA recently came out bragging at how well it treated, the now dead, Hezbollah leader Samir Kuntar while he was in custody.

And speaking of Minister Naftali Bennett...

Naftali Bennett losing his kippah and working his magic!
שר החינוך תוקף את אנשי תג מחיר: "זה טרור שמטרתו לקעקע את יסודות המדינה. הם מנסים לחולל מלחמת גוג ומגוג. צריכים להפעיל נגדם יד קשה"

אפרת קרסנר, כיפה י טבת תשע"ו, 22/12/2015 

שר החינוך התייחס גם לעדויות על התנהלות החקירות בשב"כ ואמר כי כל החקירה מפוקחת ומבוקרת "שמענו המון דברים ואני יכול לומר שהפעולות שמבוצעות הן פעולות בבקרה ובפיקוח משפטי צמוד ובמטרה למנוע את הפיגוע הבא. אנחנו יודעים לסמוך על השב"כ, השב"כ מגן עלינו יום יום מפני אלפי פיגועים פוטנציאליים וצריך לסמוך עליו גם בפעולה הזאת".
Kippah: Bennett concerning the investigation of the Duma detainees: Everything is within the law
The Education Minister attacked those with "price tag:" "This is terror which aims to destroy the foundations of the state. They are trying to bring about the War of Gog and Magog. [We] need to work against them harshly.

Efrat Krasner, 10 Teveth 5776, 22/12/15 
...The Minister of Education also addressed to evidence of the handling of the interrogations by the ISA and said that the investigation is monitored and controlled, "We have heard a lot of things and I can say that the actions implemented are actions under tight legal control and supervision to prevent the next attack. We know [we can] trust the ISA, the ISA protects us every day from thousands of potential attacks and [you] need to trust it on this [course] of action as well...."

(Tip: The Jewish Libertarian)
Bennett, who just approved the building of a new Arab College (as if that's going to appease them) uses the most ridiculous, circular reasoning here.

Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon
Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon has already criticized Jews protesting the, now cancelled, destruction of a synagogue in Giv'ath Ze'ev, for wanting a Torah state. Apparently, he believes to be a bad thing.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked seems to think she knows some about Torah by randomly citing דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה "Appropriate behavior takes precedence over Torah." And I suppose that she thinks that it is OK not to keep Shabbath, too, as long as she behaves appropriately. Guess what. A Jew keeping Shabbath IS appropriate behavior. Food for thought.

And speaking of Torah, there is story regarding the outlawing of Rabbi Kahane's Kach Party in the 1980's. Then Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon, father of Christian-loving, former MK Rabbi Benny Elon, and Beth Din convicted, sexual manipulator Moti Elon, told Rabbi Kahane hy"d that he did not know what Torah he followed, and that they followed different Torahs.

Israeli Supreme Court Justices
I wonder what "Torah" Bennett and Cohen follow. Honesty, it seems more and more, that they are just making up as they go along, meticulously replacing the Land of Israel with the State, the Torah with Israeli State Law, and the Supreme Court as the Sanhedrin, most of the justices disqualified from serving on a proper, Jewish court.

The Israeli Supreme Court, which supposedly has oversight over the ISA's treatment of those in its custody, is to blame. Just another battle in its anti-Torah agenda for Jewish People.

Actually, I take that back. They're all culpable, standing so proudly next to the flag of the State of Israel, none of them appearing to be experiencing any shame over this. What does that tell you about the "holy" State of Israel? Or worse, what does this tell you of the current spiritual state of the Jews allowing this to happen, even supporting it?

Please pray for the safety, recovery, and freedom of the following Jewish political dissidents being held prisoners:

Meir David Chai Ettinger
Mordechai Eliyahu Meyer
Evyatar Slonim
Binyamin Richter
Yehudah Savir
Nachman Tuito
Shlomo Tuito
Moshe Orbach
Yinon Reuveni

Merry Xmas! A Side Benefit of Arab Terror

י״א לחודש העשירי תשע״ו

YNET: Unrest puts damper on Bethlehem Christmas festivities
The West Bank town that tradition considers [Jeezer]'s birthplace is seeing fewer Christmas pilgrims this year following months of violence and riots.

AFP: 12.21.15

 Near the church in Bethlehem's Manger Square, built over the site where Christians believe [Jeezer] was born, tour guides pace back and forth, waiting in vain for tourist buses that fail to show.

Hisham Khamis, a guide for 10 years, stands forlorn under a huge Christmas tree decorated in the black, white, red and green colors of the Palestinian flag.

Avodah Zarah tree, decorated in red, green, white, and black, near a mosque in Beth-Lehem
In recent years "at least 60-70 buses would arrive every morning," he said. "These days... there are four or five, occasionally 10..."

...clashes between stone-throwing young Palestinians and Israeli troops have raged outside Bethlehem hotels. Palestinian officials say Bethlehem hotels that are usually 80-90 percent full at this time of year have not reached even half that level. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, even if the Israeli Government does not command the IDF to do what needs to be done to defeat Arab terrorism once and for all, it appears that the IDF halfhearted efforts have produced at least some side benefits.

The Arab economy under the PA has been hit hard, with the expected Christian Pilgrims being a no-show. Maybe their faith in their false deity-messiah is not as strong as everyone purports it to be. Or maybe they are just not as stupid as I thought they were, refraining walking blindly into a war zone.

Of course, the Arabs blame Israeli tour guides, the lack of an airport, the IDF, blah, blah, blah...., refusing to take responsibility for their terrorist friends and neighbors, and their goal to annihilate the Jewish People.

Perhaps even more importantly, the number of Christians bringing in their filthy beliefs and practices of false deity worship has been significantly reduced. Thus the pollution of our Land with it is reduced.

One would think that the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem would know something of the Bible, including what it specifically says about to whom the Land of Israel belongs. But, he does not, and neither does his boss, the Poop in the Vatican. Yet as one of the most virulent opponents of Israel, the Patriarch said in his Christmas message for this year...
"Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land."
Wouldn't it be a hoot if Christians accepted his counsel, and the pilgrim route turned out not to be as safe as his claim suggests?

Of course, then he would just have another excuse to blame the Jews.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Star Wars II: The Jewish Press Fails"

יום צום החודש העשירי תשע״ו

I have mixed feelings about posting this comic here, which was supposedly inspired by last week's Torah portion, and compares it to a famous scene from Star Wars film franchise. Do I really want to give the author the free publicity? Furthermore, someone will probably even want to sue me for giving him the free publicity. (Let him try.)
I Am Your Brother – Parshat Vayigash
Asher Schwartz, The [Non-]Jewish Press, December 18th, 2015

(Tip: Daled Amos)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I do not think this is in the least bit funny. It is just your typical assimilationist humor, one of the many consequences of almost two millennia in galuth (exile).

Comparing Yosef HaTzadiq to a villain? Suggesting that the revealing of Darth Vader's relationship to Luke Skywalker is the same or similar as the revealing of Yosef's true identity to his brothers?

This is what I find offensive.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"Star Wars" vs. Torah

ח' לחודש האחד עשר תשע"ו

On December 16, the long-awaited seventh film installment of the Star Wars franchise opened in Israel. Tickets were put on sale over a month in advance. The “merch,” associated merchandise soon followed, shirts, bags, dolls, action figures, and other toys.

Someone I know was one of the first in Israel to secure his tickets, calling in his order at 12:01 AM, on the first date of availability. He is your typical “frum modern orthodox” Jew, who grew up in a very large Jewish community in North America. To his credit, he came to Israel at the age of 18, not only studied in yeshivah here, but intends to make his life here. He has put his money where his mouth is.

This person actually knows halakhah, and if he does not know the answer to a particular question, he knows where to look it up. However, he seems to have a robotic attitude to it. In all fairness to him, it seems to me that most Jews do.

I am not going to criticize his fascination with “Star Wars.” Many, if not most, of us these days all have our diversions. I certainly have mine.

Nevertheless, I was surprised at his reaction, when I pointed out to him that the movie theater where he was planning to see “Star Wars” operates on Shabboth.

Yes Planet - Jerusalem
“But it’s the only place where it’s playing, and 3-D I-Max….”

“Other theaters are opened on Shabbos.…”
and the one which really disappointed me was…
“But, I’m not going there on Shabbos., and it's mutar (permissible).”
I simply responded with the obvious, that he was supporting a business which operates on Shabboth.

He could not really respond to this, because he knew that he was. The subject was changed, or he had to go, or something like that. I don’t remember.

The worst part of this story is that his response was not even the worst of them all.

I wonder where “Who cares?” fits in. Is that any better or worse than, “Israel is a democracy?”

“Whatevah! I’ll do what I want!” is even more intellectually honest than either of these responses. In my opinion, this is even better than searching for the right rabbi to give you the answer you want to hear to your question, instead of searching for the correct answer, ie. the truth, whether you like it or not. Of course, none of these is an “orthodox” one.

Well, with the continuous increase in the hijacking of terminology, maybe anything can be considered “orthodox” these days. But, that certainly does not make it Torah.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Exclusive! Yad veShem Department Planned to Take Staff to Restaurant on a Fast Day

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ ויגש תשע״ו

About Yad Vashem

"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")... that shall not be cut off."

(Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5)
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.

For over half a century, Yad Vashem has been committed to four pillars of remembrance:
  • Commemoration
  • Documentation
  • Research
  • Education
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
An anonymous source tipped me off this morning to a planned trip for some of the employees at Yad veShem, Israel's Holocaust memorial and museum.

The trip was planned for the staff at the archives department (and others?) Lunch at a restaurant was to follow an extensive tour of Israel's Channel 2 television station.

It was to take place this coming Tuesday, Asereth b'Teveth, the 10th of the Hebrew month of Teveth, the "Fast of the Fourth Month" (Zech. 8:19).

In all fairness to the planners of the event, it was changed after having the problem of planning such an event on this date was called to their attention.

But, I must ask why a "Jewish" organization would plan something like this on a fast day in the first place? And even more so, on a date significant to even many secular survivors of the Holocaust and the child of those who perished?
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel chose to observe the Tenth of Tevet as a "general kaddish day" (yom hakaddish ha'klalli) to allow the relatives of victims of the Holocaust, and whose yahrtzeits (anniversaries of their deaths) is unknown, to observe the traditional yahrtzeit practices for the deceased, including lighting a memorial candle, learning mishnayoth and reciting the kaddish. According to the policy of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, the memorial prayer is also recited in synagogues, after the reading of the Torah at the morning services. To some religious Jews, this day is preferable as a remembrance day to Yom HaShoah (28 Nissan), since the latter occurs in the month of Nissan, in which mourning is traditionally prohibited.
Meanwhile, Yad veShem itself has planned a full day of more appropriate activities for this day.

Is this just a simple matter of the right hand not talking to the left? Does Yad veShem need to do heshbon nefesh (personal inventory) on the inside before criticizing anyone else on the outside? Or is this just another example of a State which is Jewish on the outside, but just bacon on the inside?

Monday, December 14, 2015

"The Blacklist:" Evidence of a Global Conspiracy?

ג׳ לחודש האחד עשר תשע״ו

Asking around for recommendations for a television series to waste some time on watch, just in case there was actually one out there worth watching, the NBC spy drama “The Blacklist” (2013) came up.

While binge watching to catch up to the current season, I picked up on the arc of the battle against the secret world government, and the attempts to demonize the professional criminal, who is the show’s hero, or perhaps its anti-hero. Season 1 introduces the notion of a shadow government, comprised of political and economic leaders from nations around the world. Episodes reveal their secret strategies and short-term goals, they expect will lead them to their primary objective of global domination.

Season 3 Episode 1 focuses on the use and manipulation of social media to further secret agendas, including invention of events, photoshopping, falsifying sitings, you name it.

Season 3 Episode 3 addresses the conspiracy related to genetically modified organism [GMO] based foods. (Can you spell M-O-N-S-A-N-T-O?) The “cabal” is portrayed as the enemy of the masses. However, the populace (that’s us) is warned not to attempt any sabotage of GMO’s. True or not, the powers that be [PTB] want to scare us into believing that we would just be harming ourselves, if we were to attempt. Crackdowns on private water collection in Colorado to difficulties avoiding GMO’s in New Zealand immediately came to mind while watching.

Of course, enemies turning out to be allies, and allies turning out to be enemies, is a running plot device in "The Blacklist." What better to way than to keep the masses guessing, and then second guessing their own theories?

False flag events designed to reignite animosity between the U. S. and Russia, even restart the “Cold War,” and assassinations made to look like accidents to eliminate human obstacles, are more examples of So, what exactly are we seeing in “The Blacklist?”

Are we seeing honest TV producers in Hollywood using their professional rolls to reveal what they believe to be a genuine threat to the global populace? I doubt it.

Are we seeing the PTB reveal bits and pieces of what they are doing, or are going to do, to us, as part of their strategy to maintain control over us? Maybe.

Are we seeing a distorted version of the PTB, in order to distract us, and throw us off the trail of the real global powers? Is part of their strategy to use a television show to emphasize that such a notion of is purely fiction, just like this show is being presented as? Perhaps.

Are we just seeing a very good television show? Well, that is definitely part of it. It is a good show.

My personal belief is that “The Blacklist” is putting out the notion of a shadow government or a cabal running the world as a way of putting the discussion out there, so that they can find out what exactly is and is not known about their operations, so that they can make more informed decisions about how to proceed.

The PTB are aware that we are onto them, and has long since moved onto the next step in damage control, and this step appears to include the creating, writing, and airing of “The Blacklist.”

Then those of us, baited into writing posts like this, because we just could not help it, can be exposed, not to mention be demonized as “nut jobs.”

I plead guilty. The underlying plot of this show simply begs to be discussed.