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Israel’s History in Pictures: Passover in Jerusalem 1919

Wow! These pictures are amazing!

By Lenny Ben-David

The British army captured Jerusalem from the Turks in December 1917 and continued their Palestine campaign for another year until the capture of Damascus. Meanwhile, the Jewish Legion, consisting of Jewish volunteers, sat in Cairo chafing at the bit to join the fight in Palestine. They finally joined Allenby’s forces in June 1918 and fought against the Turks in the Jordan River Valley.

Jewish soldiers from various British units celebrating Passover in Jerusalem, 1918.  (Harvard Library/Central Zionist Archives)

Jewish soldiers from various British units celebrating Passover in Jerusalem, 1918. (Harvard Library/Central Zionist Archives)

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Advice to Non-Muslim Women against Marrying Muslim Men

A very interesting anecdote from this article: It’s remarkable that, multiculturalism notwithstanding, such institutions as the U.S. government and the Vatican are warning women away from inter-religious marriages with Muslim men!

By Daniel Pipes

Note to readers: This entry on official advice to women not to marry Muslim men has become the springboard for an intense, heated, and personal dialogue between non-Muslim women romantically involved with Muslim men.

Judging by a number of testimonies of many writers, the site has proved valuable to many women benefiting from advice and the sharing of information; for a couple of examples see the postings by Sally, Nourshehane, Jeweler46, and Cindy. Others have found solace in kindred spirits.

After a slow start, the discussion took off and now has over 11,000 comments, or about four a day.

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Israel’s Worst Enemy: Lies and Myths

If the world diplomats, including US diplomats, would only use logic, reason and real facts to back up their activities, the Middle East peace process would look very different!

By: Bruce Thornton

The Washington Post reports that some members of Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior staff think it’s time to say “enough” of Kerry’s futile and delusional attempts to broker peace between the Israelis and Arabs and implement the “two-state solution.” That’s a revelation one would think the chief diplomat of the greatest power in history would have experienced decades ago. Since the failed 1993 Oslo Accords, it has been obvious to all except the duplicitous, the ignorant, and the Jew-hater that the Arabs do not want a “Palestinian state living in peace side-by-side with Israel,” something they could have had many times in the past. On the contrary, as they serially prove in word and deed, they want Israel destroyed.

As Caroline Glick documents in her new book The Israeli Solution, the “two-state solution” is a diplomatic chimera for the West, and a tactic for revanchist Arabs who cannot achieve their eliminationist aims by military means. But the “Palestinian state” is merely one of many myths, half-truths, and outright lies that befuddle Western diplomats and leaders, and put the security and possibly the existence of Israel at risk.

First there is the canard that Israel is somehow an illegitimate state, a neo-imperialist outpost that Westerners created to protect their economic and geopolitical interests. In this popular myth, invading Jewish colonists “stole” the land and ethnically cleansed the region of its true possessors, the indigenous “Palestinian people.” This crime was repeated after 1967 Six Day War, when Israel seized the “West Bank,” occupying it as a colonial power and subjecting its inhabitants to a brutally discriminatory regime. The continuing power of this lie can be seen in the frequent comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa. And this false historical analogy in turn drives the “Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions” movement, which is attempting to make Israel even more of a pariah state in order to duplicate the success of those tactics in dismantling white rule in South Africa.

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Congressman ‘Shocked’ by anti-Jewish Measures on Temple Mount

Two U.S. Congressman have positive experience in Israel except for the shocking treatment received on the Temple Mount by the Waqf.

By Ari Soffer

US Rep. Bill Johnson, (R-OH) was joined by Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), on a tour of the State of Israel organized by the Israel Allies Foundation and Yes! Israel missions “to see the situation there for ourselves”.

The trip took them to all corners of the holy land; from the southern towns of Sderot and Ashkelon, where they met with local residents and heard their accounts of life under rocket-fire from the Gaza Strip, to Judea and Samaria, central Israel and the Golan Heights.

The trip, Johnson said, left him with the indelible impression that “the people – especially the Jewish people – are very interested in peace.”

He noted, for example, how in the Golan Heights Israel is treating Syrians injured by the civil war there without discriminating between the sides.

“Many of these are the very same people that on any other given day would want to kill the Israelis!” he remarked.

His visit to Judea and Samaria was extremely enlightening, he said. “When people talk about ‘settlements’ you think plywood and tents… but these people live just like us. There are schools, houses, shopping centers – these are real communities with real people.”

But he said his experience on the Temple Mount stood in “stark contrast” to the rest of his time in Israel.

In an exclusive interview Congressman Johnson told Arutz Sheva that while he was inspired by his experience in Israel as a whole, he was “shocked and disturbed” by what he witnessed firsthand at Judaism’s holiest site.

Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, Jewish access to the Temple Mount is very limited – including a blanket ban on Jewish worship there – in what activists have condemned as a capitulation to Muslim extremism. Israeli police, in an attempt to appease the Muslim Waqf trust which was left in charge of the compound after the 1967 Six Day War, ban Jews from praying or performing any other form of worship.

The two US legislators were part of a small group of six people, led by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, among hundreds of people queuing to visit the Mount, which is also the site of the Al Aqsa Islamic complex.

“When we were finally allowed to go through we were followed very closely by a member of the Waqf,” he recounted.

“It struck me how intimidating this gentleman was trying to be. He looked like someone out of a Hollywood movie – with his hair slicked back and his shades hiding his eyes so you couldn’t see what he was looking at… he stayed pretty close to us, and followed us around wherever we went.

“The rabbi pointed out that if he were to take out his Torah or give any indication that he was exercising his freedom of worship on the Temple Mount by praying – or if any of us were to take out our Bibles and try to pray or express our religion on the Temple Mount… we could have been arrested and removed and incarcerated.

“This thug followed us everywhere we went and if we stopped and took too long in one place he would look at the Israeli police, who would say ‘you need to keep your group moving.’”

Despite a police escort, the group was subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse by a group of female Muslim worshipers who, he noted with some irony, were engaged in “their own prayer services, their rituals” on the Mount, “something Jews are not allowed to do.”

The experience left him “shocked and disturbed”, and he said he found it hard to reconcile such a jarring experience with the rest of his trip, which was overwhelmingly positive.

But Johnson was philosophical about the episode, saying it taught him something far deeper about the Arab-Israeli conflict as a whole.

“It showed me the extent that the Israeli people and Israeli authorities are going to in order to try to create an atmosphere of peace. They are going to the extremes to try and create an atmosphere where there’s no violence and no one feels intimidated.”

The issue, he says, is that “the Israeli police have been instructed to prevent anything occurring on the Temple Mount which could incite violence – but it’s the Waqf which gets to decide what constitutes incitement!

“The Jewish people have conceded enough. They have given up land for peace over generations, they have been squeezed into such a confined space that now even today they do not have full autonomy, authority and sovereignty over the very holy places that define their existence in the first place.

“The rest of the world seems to be blind to the fact that one side truly desires to live in peace and harmony – and that’s the Jewish people.

“The other side, the Palestinian Authority, don’t desire peace at all – I think they just desire the Jewish people to go away.”

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An Anti-Israel Tourism Subterfuge

Are enemies are using tourism as a means of sabotage!

By Janet Levy

Under the guise of experiential, educational sojourns in the Middle East, an ongoing, extensive tourism subterfuge of global proportions is at work today. This comprehensive and coordinated fraudulent operation includes travel agency fronts, terrorist groups, international NGOs, Islamists, and Leftists. They include such organizations as the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Abraham Path, the Soros Foundation to Promote Open Society, and others.

All of them, whether unwittingly or intentionally, are part of an effort to turn tourists, college students, and Christian pilgrims against the Jewish state of Israel. Using the rubric of “a connection between people from the Middle East,” these travel expeditions underhandedly buttress a political agenda that delegitimizes and demonizes Israel. They are part of a scheme to fundamentally transform the Western world, by undermining Judaism, the root of Christianity, and moving on to the destruction of Christianity as well.

Abraham Path partners with the United Nations Tourism Organization and Harvard Law School and receives financial support from the Riyadh-based, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation. Prince Talal, a Wahhabist, shortly after 9/11, admonished the United States to change its stance in the Middle East and turn toward the Palestinian cause, declaring, “Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of Israelis while the world turns the other cheek.”

Yet, the organization’s true goal is to delegitimize Israel on the global stage, shift U.S. public opinion against Israel, and promote the view that Israel and Israel alone is responsible for the “conflict” with Arab-Palestinians. Telos conducts this subterfuge or propaganda war under the guise of a “pro-peace” agenda, which is merely a cover for promulgating misinformation about Israel.

Travelers see and experience what these often allied organizations want them to see in Palestine — abject poverty, oppression, desperation, barbed wire, water shortages, and other deplorable conditions. Left out are swanky hotels, sprawling residences, luxurious resorts, and thriving commercial enterprises that exist in the Palestinian territories. The traveler on their tours is left with the distinct impression that Israel is wholly responsible for the miserable existence of the Arab-Palestinians they visit and see.

These NGO-funded non-profits travel outfits use heavy propaganda. They refer to “Palestine” as the “cradle of civilization” and the place where Judaism, Christianity and Islam took root. Of course, truth is a casualty in this narrative as the Muslim prophet Mohammed hailed from Mecca and never visited Jerusalem except reportedly in a dream. Further, Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Koran and Muslims pray facing their holy city of Mecca, to which they must undertake a hajj or pilgrimage at some point in their lives as a religious obligation.

By contrast, Jerusalem has been the holiest city for Jews since the 10th century B.C. and is endowed with a special status in Jewish religious law. Jews pray facing Jerusalem and the holy city is mentioned 669 times in the Tanakh or Jewish Bible. For Christians, Jerusalem is significant as a place that Jesus visited as a child, preached in as an adult, consumed his “Last Supper,” was crucified, and resurrected. The Christian Bible refers to Jerusalem 154 times.

Ignored on the tours are positive facts about Israel: that it is a democracy under the rule of law with equal rights for Arab citizens, including the right to vote and have representation and serve in the Knesset. Also ignored is the contrast to the Palestinian Territories, which operate under tyrannical leaders who torture and imprison the opposition. These tour groups accuse Israel of apartheid, but the Arab-Palestinians are the true practitioners of apartheid and insist that Jews will be forbidden to live in any future Palestinian state.

Thus, this seemingly innocuous network of tourism enterprises is actually a comprehensive influence operation to indoctrinate unsuspecting tourists and turn them against the Jewish state. By denying and undermining the truth of the Middle East and replacing it with lies and propaganda, the travel experience actually aims to impose the one supreme religion — Islam — and deny all other faiths.

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Former Knesset Member: “Act on Sovereignty Before Palestinian Authority Does!

Former MK Elyakim Ha’etzni says annex Judea and Samaria before it’s too late!

By Moshe Cohen

In the end, Israel is going to have no choice but to annex Area C of Judea and Samaria, according to attorney and former MK Elyakim Ha’etzni – and Israel would be better off doing it sooner rather than later.

With the Palestinian Authority filing applications to UN committees to accept it as a full member states, it’s just a matter of time before the UN recognizes “Palestine” as a state altogether. In response to the PA’s move, Israel has made a series of threats, the most serious a cutoff of aid to the PA.

Last week the Palestinian Authority filed requests for recognition as a full member state. If that is granted, the PA plans to do the same with dozens of other UN agencies, until it has joined enough to convince the UN to treat it as a member state. When that happens, said Ha’etzni, Israel’s options will be much more limited. “Any action by the IDF in ‘Palestine’ will be seen as violating the rights of a member state, leading to sanctions and other punishments against Israel, said He’etzni.

If the PA changes the rules of the game Israel must respond accordingly, he added. “If they change the status of Judea and Samaria, we have to do so too,” Haetzni said. “We have to at least impose Israeli sovereignty in these areas as well.”

“If we do not act and allow the Palestinians the advantage, we will lose a great deal,” Haetzni added. “The Palestinians will be able to do all sorts of things, like open an airport – and Israel will not be able to stop them.”

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When Israel Suppporters use the Language of Delegitimization

When even our friends don’t know the facts we have lost the propaganda war!

By Barry Shaw

When US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said it was a “mistake” for Israel to demand recognition as the Jewish State it shows how deeply the language of delegitimization has been adopted by even the most ardent of Israel supporters.

Another example of this was New Jersey Governor, and potential Republican presidential candidate, Chris Christie. In front of a crowd of Jewish Republican fund-raisers in Los Vegas, hosted by Sheldon Adelson, a close friend of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Christie said, “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories and felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day.”

When challenged by the head of Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, Christie apologized saying his remark was not meant as a statement of policy. Didn’t he know that Israel has legitimate claims to this land?

One perfect example of terminology drift can be seen with the area once known as Judea & Samaria becoming “disputed territory,” then the West Bank, and now “illegally occupied Palestinian land.” Any staunch Israeli, or dispassionate neutral, would argue that it is neither illegal, nor occupied, and certainly not Palestinian land according to international law and binding resolutions going back as far as the League of Nations Mandate of 1922. All this has not stopped the flow of terminology becoming accepted language.

How did this state of affairs come about? Well, it boils down to two major factors;

1) A highly successful pro-Palestinian publicity campaign.

2) A dereliction of duty by consecutive Israeli governments and prime ministers.

But, to go back in time, out of Egypt came Yasser Arafat to cloak himself in the mantle of Palestine. Initially, he saw himself as the spearhead of the Pan-Arabic aggression against Israel. As he said in a 1970 interview with Italian journalist Arianna Palazzi, “The question of borders doesn’t interest us. Our nation is the Arabic nation. The PLO is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call Jordan is nothing more than Palestine.”

This hatred of Israel conglomerated into what is known as the Palestinian cause. By portraying Israel as a colonialist, powerful, aggressive, oppressive, racist, occupier of a poor, defenseless, weak, indigenous Palestinian people a picture is painted that, to the impressionable, inevitably leads to a negative opinion of an Israel accused of the worst examples of war crimes and human rights abuses, and a sympathy for the weak Palestinians. That is the perception today.

The seeds of delegitimization are planted when the official voice of Israel is missing. Opposing voices get their message over with clarity. Their message may be wrong, it may be false, but told often enough, and loudly enough, it leaves people waiting to hear a clear voice of reason from our side.

It doesn’t matter whether the political position in Israel is to surrender land or not. The starting point of both camps must be grounded in our heritage and rights. What is critically important is publicly and repeatedly to claim Israel’s legitimacy to the land, clearly elucidating Israel’s legal precedents, of which we have many, for existing and for sovereignty. Without this, we have no basis for honesty and no credibility in the international community or with public opinion both at home and abroad. It is from this certain and firm starting point that either side can then move forward. Without it, we have no legitimacy anywhere.

Official voices have either been silent or waffling on this vital issue. There are thousands of supportive voices that are broadcasting strong pro-Israel messages but they are merely the choir. The lead singer has been absent from the stage, or strikes a discordant note. This is not the way to sell a hit record.

The Israeli government must get its act together and start to sing out in clear clarion tones. The backing group of organizations and individuals will take up the lyrics to amplify the convincing message of our song, and drown out the opposing voice.

This, surely, is the only platform from which Israel can, and must, claim any legitimacy from which to move forward. Without it, we have no legitimacy anywhere, not in Judea & Samaria, the West Bank, or whatever you call that place. And, once you have lost that you have no legitimacy anywhere in what was once called Palestine.

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Kerry’s Failed Attempt to Leverage Pollard

Pollard refuses to be used as a bargaining chip!

By Rachel Ehrenfeld

John Kerry’s latest desperate attempts to broker, or more accurately, impose peace between Israel and the Palestinians, resulted in a great embarrassment for himself and the U.S.

Kerry tried to use Jonathan Pollard as a bargaining chip with Israel. Accordingly, the U.S. would release Jonathan Pollard from prison, while “demanding” that Israel give major concessions to the Palestinians: halt the expansion of settlements in the West Bank, extend negotiations through 2015, and release hundreds of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons.

His offer was rejected by all sides, including President Obama. Pollard himself refused to play the badly scripted role assigned to him by Kerry, and rejected the offer to appear in a parole hearing that could have freed him in 2015 .

After 25 years, the CIA has declassified documents that show that the multitude of public “leaks” and Weinberger’s accusations against Pollard were all false–Jonathan Pollard never spied on the U.S. for Israel. The 1987 CIA report reveals that Israel never requested information from Pollard concerning “US military activities, plans, capabilities or equipment,” and that Pollard did not procure secrets about the United States. Pollard did not compromise agents. He did not compromise means and sources. He did not compromise any information relating to US forces.

All the information he transmitted to his Israeli handlers consisted of the information that the United States had acquired relating to Arab equipment, capabilities, etc. In other words, very simply he compromised “defense information” but did not spy against the United States.

What was Pollard actually indicted for? What was he actually guilty of? In a recent article appearing online, Prof. Angelo Codevilla, a staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time Jonathan Pollard was arrested is quoted as saying: “Having been intimately acquainted with the materials that Pollard passed and with the sources and methods by which they were gathered, I would be willing to give expert testimony that Pollard is guilty of neither more nor less than what the indictment alleges.

One of the major reasons for incarcerating Pollard–and thus holding him as hostage–was the widespread belief (spread by Aldrich Ames to cover his own tracks) that there was a second Israeli mole inside the CIA. U.S. officials repeatedly claimed publicly that Pollard was not working alone when he spied for Israel and the United States therefore should make Pollard’s release conditional on Israel’s acknowledging this “baseless” claim.

What adds to this outrage is that the current administration knows full well the facts and has explicitly elected to continue Jonathan Pollard’s imprisonment in order to keep him, as Dennis Ross said, as a “bargaining chip”.

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Gatherer of ‘Lost Tribes’ Wins Moskowitz Prize!

The Moskowitz Prize rewards the top Zionist volunteers in the country. This awardee does something really special which gained him the big prize!

By Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen

The Moskowitz Prize for Zionism declared on Thursday the names of the winners of the annual Lion of Zion prize.

The first winner of the Lion of Zion prize for 5774 (2014) is Michael Freund, who founded the Shavei Israel organization in 2002. The organization was established to strengthen the ties of the Jewish people with groups of Jewish origin and others who wish to become part of the Jewish people. Shavei Israel has been reaching out to the Bnei Menashe of India, ‘hidden Jews’ of Poland and of Italy, the Bnei Anousim of Portugal and others.

The second winner of the Lion of Zion prize is Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon, founder of the NGO “Job Katif,” who in 2008 received the President’s Medal for Volunteerism for his work in helping people expelled from the Katif Bloc in the 2005 Disengagement find employment.

The third winner, Dr. Gabi Barkay, is an Israeli archeologist who has led the Council against Destruction of the Antiquities of the Temple Mount. In 2005, Dr. Barkay and archeologist Yitzhak Zweig initiated the project for saving invaluable antiquities by sifting through the dirt that the Muslim Waqf illegally removed from the Temple Mount between 1996 and 2001.

The project was born out of a need to save the Temple Mount antiquities, after the Waqf allowed deep digging inside the Mount. “Dr. Barkai led the public outcry despite the opposition of his colleagues. He continues to struggle for the Jewish nation’s right to the sacred mountain,” wrote the prize committee.

The Spirit of Zion Award for new initiatives by young Israelis was granted to Captain (res.) Yosef Aftamo, head of the Tzeida Laderech program for Meaningful Service, and Netanel Ellinson, founder of the Hiker’s Guide project.

Ellinson’s Hiker’s Guide project was launched six years ago, following the deaths of his friends, IDF soldiers David Rubin and Ahikam Amihai, in a terror attack at Nahal Telem. Ellinson and another friend, Dvir Raviv, decided to regularly launch hikes throughout Judea and Samaria, free of charge, so that people would not be afraid to hike in the areas following the murder of Rubin and Amihai.

The hikes became steadily more popular and number in the hundreds, annually. They are carried out with military approval.

In addition, Ellinson and Raviv published two volumes of “The Samaria Hiker’s Guide” with over 650 pages of colorful and informative content, including special maps for each tour suggested.

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Is Israel Isolated?

Contrary to what Kerry says, Israel is the fourth most attractive country in the world for foreign investors! Isolated? We think not!

By Yoram Ettinger

According to Secretary John Kerry, “if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and
Israelis; if we do not find a way to find peace; there will be an increasing isolation of Israel.”

However, a thorough examination of Israel’s international standing reveals an increasingly splendid global integration of the Jewish state – economically, technologically and scientifically – irrespective of the Palestinian issue.

The London Financial Times reported: “in six hours of [Prime Minister Netanyahu’s] talks with the Chinese leadership, they spent roughly ten seconds on the Palestinian issue, while revealing an unquenchable thirst for Israeli technology.” Highlighting Israel’s intensified and diversified global integration, the China-Israel 2013 trade balance exceeded $10BN, providing a tailwind to the currently negotiated free trade agreement, and enhanced by Chinese investments in some fifty Israeli high tech companies. The Japan Times reported the growing Japanese interest in Israeli business opportunities, tripling the number of reviews of Israeli companies.

Moreover, foreign investments in Israel catapulted in 2013, achieving a seven- year high of $12BN, including $4BN in acquisition of Israeli companies by global giants such as Google, IBM, Cisco, AOL, Facebook, Apple and EMC. Furthermore, since January 2014, Israeli companies have raised over $500MN on Wall Street. Deloitte Touche – one of the top CPA firms in the world – crowned Israel as the fourth most attractive site for foreign investors, trailing only the USA, China and Brazil. According to the British Economist Intelligence Unit, “Israel’s cluster of high tech companies, investors and incubators is enjoying a boom which has not been witnessed since the global tech bubble burst more than a decade ago.” Neither Kazakhstan’s billionaire Kenges Rakishev, nor Mexico’s billionaire, Carlos Slim allowed the “Isolation Warning/Threat” to stop their flow of investments in Israel’s high tech sector.

IBM, which just acquired its 13th Israeli company; Motorola, which established in Israel a research center second only to its Houston center; Hewlett-Packard, which owes 55% of its 2012/3 development to its seven Israeli research and development centers; and the leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds, Sequoia, Benchmark, Greylock and Accel, which operate successful Israel-dedicated funds.

Astute observers of the Middle East – who do not subordinate reality to wishful thinking – are aware that the Arab Tsunami is not an Arab Spring; that the Arab Street in general, and Egypt in particular, are not transitioning towards democracy; that Iran is committed to the pursuit of military nuclear capabilities; that Assad has not been forsaken by Russia and Iran; and that Arab leaders are apprehensive of Palestinian subversion and terrorism.

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