Why are we here today? Because we’re opera critics? No. It doesn’t take a professional critic to know that lyrics like “America is one big Jew” aren’t the least bit tasteful.
An opera that calls us “all kinds of filth” and accuses us Jews, of being greedy, sodomizing blasphemers with watches of solid gold and “getting fat wherever poor men are gathered.” Lyrics like that aren’t creative, they’re not even unique, and they’re shoddy plagiarism, recycled Islamist Nazi racist propaganda. It doesn’t take brains to put that kind of filth to music
Are we here because we don’t like free speech? The opposite. It’s the first amendment that gives us our right to assemble here, to protest, to express our disgust at how our taxpayer dollars are being used to fund terror apologism deceptively wrapped in the veneer of art.
The MET has no first amendment obligation to stage this bigotry. It’s their intentional choice!Perhaps it’s a choice influenced by the Wahhabi dollars feeding this mismanaged and bankrupt institution.
Perhaps Saudi minister Ibrahim Al-Naimi, one of the MET’s principle sponsors, can explain the hypocrisy of the Wahhabi Kingdom playing distinguished patron to the American arts, while at the same time beheading their own citizens for blasphemy,imprisoning and torturing atheists, and executing their own children for being gay like it’s a public sport.
Saudi Arabia’s ministers control the most censored media environment in the world.
To summarize, here were the attributes of Jews described in the Quran according to Muslims themselves from that article:
Jews steal money
Jews use usury to enrich themselves and impoverish non-Jews
Jews don’t care about human life
Jews are cowards, hiding behind fortified walls
Jews betray all agreements and covenants
Jews distort words of holy books
Jews are killers of prophets and other fine people
Jews want to extinguish the light of Allah
Jews bring corruption to the lands they are in
Now, an entirely new article with the identical title has been published in Felesteen. The list is different, too, although it does overlap.
So here is the Palestinian Arab list of the qualities of Jews:
Jews have knowledge of the truth but they conceal it among themselves and give bad advice to others so they can profit.
Jews are miserly
Jews obtain other people’s money unjustly, using usury and fraud and deception
Jews are cowards, hiding behind fortified cities and building walls and living in ghettos
Jews insist on doing sin
Jews circumvent things that are forbidden
Jews are foolish
Both articles back up these lists with specific citations of Quranic verses.
These are not coming from anti-Islam sites. These are not some apologetics written in English to pretend that the Quran is not antisemitic. These are two independent articles, written two months and a thousand miles apart, by two different Muslim scholars for Muslim audiences, meant to describe factually how the Quran thinks of Jews - and how Muslims are supposed to think of Jews.
The topic of Muslim antisemitism is minimized and swept under the rug in mainstream Western media, or it is attributed to hate for Israel. But these articles prove that Jew-hatred is baked into the source texts of Islam, and Muslims are quite open about this among themselves.
The West must stop pretending that somehow Muslims are only anti-Zionist. Muslims are taught to denigrate and hate Jews. Antisemitism isn’t an anomaly among Muslims; it is regarded as a religious obligation!
One of my favorite movies this year is the Academy-Award nominated documentary, The Square. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir Square since the onset of the Arab Spring in 2011, it’s as if you’re right there, on the streets, living and sweating with the demonstrators, feeling their pain, their joy, their frustrations, their exhilaration and, ultimately, their uncertainty about the future.
With documentaries, there’s always a risk that real people who can’t act will be dull – that filming a real drama in real time with real people can never be as dramatic as having a genius like Steven Spielberg orchestrate the whole production with star actors. And yet, the film pulls it off. The real people in The Square are as believable as Jack Nicholson or Meryl Streep on a good day.
What these people crave, above all, is human dignity. Tahrir Square is the source of their power, the place where they can gather in huge numbers, sing songs, drink coffee at midnight, fight the police and scream for what we in America often take for granted: freedom and opportunity.
But the real drama of the Egyptian story is that these revolutionaries’ only causes are to take things down. There’s nothing good to cheer for. There are only bad people to rebelagainst.
The people scream to take down the dictator Hosni Mubarak, and after he goes down, millions erupt in a frenzy of joy. A year and a half later, they scream to take down his successor, Mohamed Morsi – who turns out to be even worse than Mubarak – and afterhe goes down, millions erupt again in a frenzy of joy.
And so it goes.
The tragedy in the film is when people realize the limits of their power. There is absolute clarity in what the people don’t want – oppression and poverty – but very little clarity about how the country can get to a better place.
That’s why The Square might be the very best hasbara film ever made for Israel.
As I watched the Arabs of Egypt scream for their rights, I couldn’t help thinking that they were screaming for precisely what the Arabs in Israel already have.
As I watched the demonstrators scream against corrupt Egyptian judges and politicians, I couldn’t help but recall that it was an Arab-Israeli judge, George Karra, who convicted a Jewish president accused of rape.
As I watched Egyptian demonstrators protest the jailing of innocents and bemoan the lack of opportunity in their crumbling society, I couldn’t help but think about an Arab-Israeli woman, Mais Ali Saleh, who recently graduated No. 1 in her class at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
There was no doubt in my mind that every Arab demonstrator in Tahrir Square would be better off living in Israel – that women, minorities and people of all colors and religions would have more freedom to follow their dreams, get an education and benefit from a thriving economy and civil society.
about Hamas terror tunnels base don extensive interviews with Israeli soldiers who interrogated Hamas members, as well as interviews with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal.
While seemingly low-tech, tunneling requires copious quantities of cash, cement, fuel, and rebar. Fortunately for Hamas, world events conspired to assist in this effort. During the Arab Spring, while Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was busy fighting for his political and personal survival, Hamas built a virtual underground super-highway to the Sinai through which it managed to import an ever-more-sophisticated arsenal, including longer-range rockets, anti-tank guided missiles, and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. By 2012, when Egypt elected Mohammed Morsi (the head of the Muslim Brotherhood—and a Hamas ally), Hamas was riding high. It had significantly expanded the scope and use of what has come to be known as “subterranean Gaza,” even creating a special engineering unit within its Al-Qassam Brigades to handle tunnel excavation.
In addition, Hamas created a secret commando unit, called Nukhba (the “selected ones”), and trained its men to fight and maneuver through the tunnels on foot and on small motorcycles. According to an official in the Shin Bet, which has been interrogating Hamas members who were captured during the fighting, “The offensive tunnels were top secret not only because [Hamas] had spent a fortune building them, but because they understood that once we found out about the project, there would be no turning back.” Hamas detainees have told their Israeli interrogators that they received $300 a month for excavation work and that there were two tiers of laborers. The master tunnelers were supposedly told where in Israel proper their excavation work would end up; such knowledge was not shared with the work-for-hire diggers. As for the Nukhba fighters, the Shin Bet official tells Vanity Fair, “They were an elite force … [trained] to execute strategic terrorist attacks… . [For the eventual operation, they would be] heavily armed: R.P.G.s, Kalashnikovs, M-16s, hand grenades, and night-vision equipment.” To maximize the element of surprise, they would wear—as can be seen from their own videos—I.D.F. uniforms, including mitznefet, the distinctive helmet covers worn by Israeli soldiers.
…By April, the Shin Bet tells Vanity Fair, Israeli officials firmly believed something big was in the works—and Hamas did nothing to assuage their fears. “The occupation is hysterical and confused in the face of the resistance army’s tunnels,” said Abu Obeida, spokesman for Al-Qassam Brigades. “[B]ut we’re ready for any scenario and we’ll teach the enemy a harsh lesson.”
…Last spring, Hamas was already sensing isolation. Egypt had begun curbing Hamas’s access to everything from cigarettes to guns. And a widely touted merger with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, according to analysts in the region and Israeli security sources, had brought Gazans limited economic benefit. Some observers—in Israel, the Arab world, and the West—perceived Hamas to be on the ropes. Around the same time, intelligence about a pending attack—electronic chatter and word from informants—began setting off alarm bells inside Israel’s stereotypically anxious security establishment.
“Hamas had a plan,” says Lt. Col. Lerner, summarizing on the record what six senior intelligence officials would describe on background. “A simultaneous, coordinated, surprise attack within Israel. They planned to send 200 terrorists armed to the teeth toward civilian populations. This was going to be a coordinated attack. The concept of operations involved 14 offensive tunnels into Israel. With at least 10 men in each tunnel, they would infiltrate and inflict mass casualties.”
As a senior military intelligence official later explained, the anticipated attack was designed with two purposes in mind. “First, get in and massacre people in a village. Pull off something they could show on television. Second, the ability to kidnap soldiers and civilians using the tunnels would give them a great bargaining chip.”
Mishal insists that “the tunnels may have been outwardly called ‘offensive tunnels,’ but in actual fact they are ‘defensive’ ones.’” When pressed to explain why most of the tunnels actually ended up under or near civilian communities or kibbutzim—not military bases—he concedes, “Yes, true. There are Israeli towns adjacent to Gaza. Have any of the tunnels been used to kill any civilian or any of the residents of such towns? No. Never! … [Hamas] used them either to strike beyond the back lines of the Israeli army or to raid some military sites … This proves that Hamas is only defending itself.”
Reports would later surface that Hamas’s main attack was planned to coincide with the Jewish New Year—Rosh Hashanah—in September 2014. “It may have been,” says a top intelligence official, in his office in the Kirya, Israel’s Pentagon. “But ultimately everything was moved up. Hamas’s grand plan for the tunnels failed because the kidnapping set things in motion before Hamas had everything ready.”
…On July 7, Israeli jets bombed a tunnel that began in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, and exited near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, killing seven members of Hamas, who were trapped inside. To outward observers, it looked as if the casualties may have been incidental. But highly placed government sources tell Vanity Fair they feared these operatives were the first wave. “When the operation started, we expected the mass attack in July,” a senior military intelligence official explains. “We suspected they would hurry up and do it during the air war, before the ground operation.”
Hamas considered the men who died in the tunnel bombing to be among its most elite, warning publicly, “The enemy will pay a tremendous price.” The next day, all hell broke loose, with Hamas firing some 150 rockets. Over the next 10 days, Hamas would send some 1,500 more, while the Israeli air force and navy would pound sites in Gaza with little letup.
…Once the I.D.F. entered Gaza, dodging R.P.G.s and fire from heavy machine guns, says Alian, they came to a harsh realization: “Entire houses were rigged to explode and collapse on our soldiers. There were all sorts of explosive devices. Some [were set to be] triggered by cell phones and other remote controls. Others were pressure activated and hidden under ordinary looking house tiles.” His cohort, Sergeant Rafi (whose last name has also been withheld for security reasons), concurs, “We went to many houses and found tunnels inside houses, outside houses, defensive tunnels, offensive tunnels. They spent years planning for this.”
Golani’s mission was to destroy what intelligence officials believed were four particularly lethal tunnels that began in the Gaza Strip town of Shejaiya and ended a stone’s throw from Israeli kibbutzim. Shejaiya had long been Hamas’s first line of defense and Israel’s efforts to warn its 100,000 residents to flee only reinforced its symbolic and strategic importance in Hamas’s eyes. “In this war,” claims Alian, “the biggest fight, the hardest battle, was for control of that neighborhood.”
I.D.F. soldiers in Shejaiya and elsewhere quickly came to understand that tactical tunnels presented as imminent a threat as the strategic cross-border variety they were sent to find. On August 1—two weeks into Israel’s ground campaign—Lieutenant Matan (who offers only his first name) was in the Gaza town of Rafah, when he and his fellow soldiers heard shots, he says in his first interview about the incident. Tracing those sounds to a nearby guard post, a tunnel opening was discovered. He and another soldier clambered down three meters, descending into the darkness. After firing some warning rounds, he stopped in the dank passageway, only to find portions of a bloodied uniform belonging to a 23-year-old lieutenant named Hadar Goldin, later determined to have been killed and his body kidnapped, according to the I.D.F. spokesperson’s office. (Goldin, unbeknownst to his abductors, turned out to have been a relative of Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon.) “The Hamas operatives were like ghosts—honestly, like ghosts,” recalls Golani’s Sgt. Rafi. “If they wanted to shoot, they came out of a tunnel, shot, and ducked back into the tunnel.”
Gilad Sha’er, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrah may have indirectly saved hundreds of Israeli lives.
"The conflict in the Middle East has resulted in some of our customers and certain retail members including Shoprite, Massmart, SPAR, Woolworths and Pick n Pay being approached, sometimes in an aggressive and confrontational way, to remove products sourced from Israeli manufacturers from their shelves. This infringes on their rights to free and fair trade as enshrined in the country’s constitution. South Africa is a fully constituted democracy that respects law and order. There are channels provided by our respective members for complaints and grievances to be lodged if a consumer is dissatisfied with a particular product. This is also contained in the Consumer Protection Act.”
“Our position, as an industry, is that we recognise the right of consumers to exercise freedom of choice with regard to the products that they purchase. In line with this we believe that the industry’s role is to ensure that the products sold in our member’s stores, are marked with legislated descriptive information that includes the country of origin. This enables consumers to make informed buying decisions that are aligned to the personal perspectives that they might hold.”
My husband and I and our 4 children converted a year and half ago to Judaism. At the time we didn’t know there were many branches in Judaism. We went to many classes before the rabbi there approved us for conversion. It was at a Conservative synagogue. The men underwent brit mila and the women mikveh. Since the conversion we have lived a Jewish lifestyle. We eat kosher we don’t mix meat and dairy, we keep the Sabbath, our children attended Jewish religious school. However, when we moved from New Mexico to Utah we were told that our conversion is invalid. It was a very hurtful moment for us. Rabbi, please tell me why is it invalid? We were sincere at the conversion. We pledged our allegiance to the God of Israel and no other deity. We accepted the written and the oral Torah. Our hearts were very sincere. Didn’t Ruth convert too? And father Avraham? So then why are we pushed away and our conversion invalid? Please help us find our way. We cannot go back to our previous life style. Our children and we are suffering because we can’t go to synagogue or to religious school. They said we didn’t meet halacha so we cannot attend services. We left our families and our beliefs to attach ourselves to the Hashem and his people and now we are abandoned not by God but by his people.
Thank you for your time
When someone converts to Judaism they are converting to a people not to a religion, so they will want to join the entire people. If you would have converted Reform, the Conservative would not have accepted that conversion, and of course neither would have the Orthodox. When one tries to convert through the Conservative, then the Conservative and the Reform accept that conversion, but not the Orthodox. However, when one converts through the Orthodox, all streams of Judaism accept that conversion, and consider that person to be a Jew.
With such a sincere background as you and your family have, I am sure that you will be able to find an Orthodox court that will help you to fulfill the requirements for an Orthodox conversion. Start by asking the Chabad rabbi in your city what to do. Do not be distressed. Just keep moving toward the goal. You and your family will succeed.
The Jews and music: Centuries of impact in Pola Baytelman’s varied and energetic performance
By GREG ELPERIN It’s no secret that Jewish composers have had a major impact on the Western music tradition and that music has played a big role in Jewish culture. This was illustrated Oct. 12 at the Schenectady JCC as Chilean-American pianist Pola Baytelman played a tribute to some of the biggest Jewish composers from the last few centuries.
She played a varied set that honored major Jewish composers like Felix Mendelssohn, Erwin Shulhoff, Darius Milhaud, and Paul Schoenfield. Her program spanned centuries and genres, from classical and baroque to early 1900s jazz, and back to variations on Chasidic standards. She began each song with a little history about the composers and how they tied in, often tragically, to Jewish history.
All Ages The recital drew a lively crowd of a few dozen that didn’t fill the JCC auditorium but more than filled it with their applause. The concert-goers came from all over the capital region and further and represented all ages though it was mostly an older crowd. The recital began at 3 p.m. and ran an hour and a half with a break for refreshments, but the time flew from the moment the music began. Pola Baytelman gave a show that lived up to her pedigree, playing with virtuosity and feeling, never letting up on the energy.
“I didn’t think that piano had that much music in it,” said Dorothy Boroson, who came from Gloversville with her husband, Hugh. “Her fingers fly,” Mrs. Boroson added enthusiastically. “She has such strength in them.”
Virtuosity “Such a virtuoso,” said local resident Michael Jerison who has seen Baytelman perform many times and had a copy of her latest album in his hand. “I love her music. Every program is a great performance.”
“I went for variety,” Baytelman said, describing her eclectic set. Her biggest regret, she said, was having to choose so few songs from such a deep and wide selection of great Jewish composers who inspired her. She said she was especially moved by the life and work of Erwin Schulhoff, a Holocaust victim, whose optimism in the face of adversity shone through his music.
Baytelman has been performing in orchestras since age 17 and became a Steinway Artist in 1996, touring the world with a style that has been praised as innovative and formidable. She is an artist in residence at Skidmore College and the recipient of multiple local, national, and international honors. She has recorded albums of music spanning classical to Brazilian music to klezmer to blues.
Another Concert on Oct. 26 Baytelman will play an expanded program at Skidmore College on Sunday, Oct. 26. Many at this show expressed eagerness to see her again. The free recital at 3 p.m. in the Zankel Music Center will feature pieces by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Schoenfield, Milhaud, and Schulhoff.
Planning the concert provided her a chance to explore her roots, said the pianist, who is Jewish. “I have a recording of works by Latin-American composers, and my new CD, released in April, consists of music by American (U.S.) composers, the U.S. being my adopted country. Working on a project that would include Jewish music seems to be a natural path to follow,” she said.
She made her debut with the Chilean Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17 and has performed with numerous orchestras, in the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from the University of Chile’s National Conservatory, Baytelman earned a master’s degree and an artist diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston as a pupil of Russell Sherman under a Fulbright grant. She earned a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Texas, Austin, where she studied with Nancy Garrett. She has also worked with Claude Frank and Menahem Pressler.
With a repertory that ranges from the 18th to the 21st century, Baytelman has toured extensively in China, Europe, Hong Kong, South America, and across the United States. She is known for her performances of music by Spanish and Latin American composers, particularly the music of composer Isaac Albéniz. Baytelman has performed Albéniz’s monumental Iberia throughout the U.S., and recorded a groundbreaking CD of Albéniz’s work in 1998 (Elan). She is also the author of a book on Albéniz’s piano music published by Harmonie Park Press in Michigan.
Baytelman has taught master classes in mainland China, England, Hong Kong, and throughout the U.S. She is a sought-after judge for international competitions in both Europe and U.S., as well as presenter-recitalist in conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Her Skidmore faculty colleagues chose Baytelman to present the Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture-Recital in 2006, the highest honor Skidmore faculty confers on a colleague. Her latest compact disc, Celebration of the New — American Composers, was just released by Albany Records. Baytelman’s recording of Robert Schumann’s Humoreske (2002 Centaur) was listed by American Record Guide as one of the top three performances of the classic work.
A grant from the estate of Jacob Perlow—an immigrant to the United States in the 1920s, a businessman interested in religion, philosophy, and Jewish education—supports annual lectures and presentations to the Skidmore and Capital District communities on issues related to Jews and Judaism.
Now that we are back in the United States for a while, your humble servant and his wife had the pleasure of going to a local pre-season NBA basketball game between our Sacramento Kings and Maccabi Haifa on Saturday night.
We knew in advance that the local anti-Israel crowd would be protesting the appearance of a team from Israel so we went to the arena armed with our Israeli flags. We had our first chance to wave them as we entered the parking lot and encountered a small group of placard-holding “protesters” on both sides of the entry way. One of the placards actually blathered “Free Gaza”.
Anyway, we smiled and waved our flags in the protesters’ faces as we passed and proceeded to enter the arena.
Once inside, we took our seats and discovered that on one side we had a young woman who had attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (she saw your humble servant’s sweatshirt with Hebrew Univ logo and commented on it), and on the other a man who had lived in Israel for nine months back around 1990.
The game began following the singing of Hatikvah and the Star Spangled Banner, and almost immediately my wife noticed that there were two Palestinian ringleaders from the Sacramento area sitting about 10 rows behind us, one section over–ringleaders whom we have fought against at numerous times in the past. She immediately commented that they were up to something when she saw them pull out their keffiyehs.
Shortly thereafter, we saw them stand up and turn to the upper deck–which apparently was a signal for their cohorts to drape a large Palestinian flag over the railing and two more signs, one of which accused Israel of having committed war crimes.
Look above the Pizza in the Pizza Guys sign–you can just make out the “Lift the Blockade, Free Gaza” sign. Along the same railing to the left is the Palestinian flag.
My wife immediately got up, found the nearest security personnel, and reported what was going on.With no hesitation, those personnel went upstairs, removed the signs, and escorted the holders of the signs out of the building.
Whereupon the two ringleaders downstairs went upstairs and unfurled their own banner. This time it was my turn, and in short order, these two were hustled out of the building to the approving cheers of people in the lobby.
All of this did not go unnoticed by other people sitting around us–particularly a group of African Americans who applauded our efforts. One of the men told us that he particularly liked the Israeli flag; so I asked him if he wanted a small one I had had in my pocket, and he excitedly said yes.
A happy Kings’ fan and Israel supporter!
All the while, the game continued, and unfortunately it was not particularly well played. Maccabi Haifa did their best, but they were clearly outmanned. For their part, the Kings showed that they have some work to do before the regular season starts.
But we left the arena feeling great– because the NBA had invited an Israeli team to play in a preseason game, because the Sacramento Kings had specifically invited Maccabi Haifa, because our local Jewish Federation had done an excellent job promoting the game, because the Kings’ staff in the arena had been so supportive of us during the game, and because we made new friends all around us.
Hahaha, okay. Then who created the modern state of Israel? Did the Jews, one day decide to come to Palestine and retake the land they hadn't been in for centuries? Do you realize how little sense that makes? Western powers CREATED Israel. That's the only way a religious (and arguably ethnic) demographic was able to politically manifest itself. I don't know how you can argue against that. Israel exists because other nations created Israel and gave it to the Jews. Do you really deny that?
Rather than argue and pester based on such a minimal grasp of history, please do yourself a favor and read a bit about Israel. Learn about what you’re trying to talk about. I recommend two books (yes, there is knowledge to be gained outside of the Internet) to start: ISRAEL, A History, by Martin Gilbert, and Start-Up Nation, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer.
U of Jordan students chant "Khaybar, Khaybar O Jews"
Students at the University of Jordan held a rally Sunday afternoon to protest “the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by herds of settlers.” The message was that “the Haram is the responsibility of every Muslim and every Arab and every person of conscience and not exclusive to any specific political faction.”
The protesters demand that Jordan take a greater role in “defending” the Temple Mount from being “desecrated” by Jews.
The protests included a flash mob event, an explanation of how Muslims try to stop Jews from ascending to the Mount, and a chant of "Khaybar, Khaybar O Jews, The Army of Mohammed Will Return."
This Hebrew sign is difficult to decipher but I think it means to say “We are here and you will be overturned, the Temple Mount is ours and our right.”
It finally happened: Arabs blaming Jews for the weather
We Zionists often sarcastically say that the Arabs blame the Jews for the most absurd events, like natural disasters and the weather. Yet no matter how hard we try to come up with satirical examples, real life always seems to catch up.
Palestinian “experts” are saying that the amount of Israeli air raids and the resulting tiny particles that went into the air will affect the weather in much of the region, including Gaza, the West Bank, the “occupied territories” (meaning Israel,) West and South Jordan and parts of the Sinai.
Palestine Today interviewed Professor Mohammed Abu Safed, professor of physical geography at Al-Najah University, who predicted that the amount of fumes and gunpowder over the atmosphere of the Gaza Strip “resulting from the use of internationally prohibited weapons” suspended in the atmosphere over the areas of the Gaza Strip, and will result in an increase in rainfall over the region.
He said that the gases will contribute to the formation of a “condensation nucleus to form clouds,” and that those fumes stored in the atmosphere will increase the chances of forming raindrops, thereby increasing the level of rainfall in the region.
A major story is currently being reported in all Israeli newspapers. It is about a father of 13 children whose daughter was just treated by Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. This daughter was born in Israel and has lived here her entire life. While the hospital refused to report the treatment the girl received, it did confirm that she was in fact a patient for a week and that she received, “the same professional care as any other patient in Ichilov hospital”. Why is this a story in all the newspapers? In truth, it’s not a story about the girl, it’s much more about her father… but I’m not done yet…
This same man knows Ichilov Hospital very well. Less than a year ago, in November 2013, he checked his granddaughter into that same hospital. As a matter of fact, he simply loves Israeli hospitals and the terrific care his family receives! In June 2013 his mother-in-law spent time in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and was treated with that same “professional care” that they are so proud of.
So who is this man who has sent his daughter, granddaughter and mother-in-law to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment? His name is Ismail Haniyeh and he is the head of Hamas. Actually, let me phrase that differently so you understand exactly who he is. He is not a man; he is a beast. His goal, dream and desire is to see Israeli streets pouring with Jewish blood. He is the mastermind behind the kidnappings and murders of the three beautiful boys we all prayed and cried for; He is the one who kidnapped Gilad Shalit and held him prisoner for five years; He is the one who started the war this summer that killed 67 of my brothers (and yours too!) and sent millions screaming in panic; He is the mass murderer behind the suicide bombings that have killed close to 2,000 Jews and have injured – both physically and psychologically – over 50,000 others. In other words, he is the closest thing to Adolph Hitler and is the person responsible for more Jewish pain and suffering in the world today than anybody else.
One minute – there’s actually more to this story that makes it even worse. Ismail Haniyeh – yimach sh’mo – states over and over again that Israel does not exist. He refuses to recognize Israel and is sworn to its destruction. To him, there simply is no Israel – just a few Jews temporarily dancing around Jerusalem and Haifa. There is no country and certainly no legitimacy and this is what gives him the international right – supported by many members of the UN – to work day and night towards ethnically cleansing that area of all Jews. The rockets, the missiles, the bombs, the stabbings and the kidnappings are all acceptable since Israel does not exist in the first place!
Here are 2 quotes from Haniyeh:
Dec 14, 2010 – A speech given at the 23rd anniversary of the founding of Hamas; “Palestine is from the sea to the river, from Rosh HaNikra to Rafah. The siege will not change our belief, wars don’t cause people to give up resistance and resistance leaders. We will not recognize! We will not recognize! We will not recognize Israel!”
Feb 12, 2012 – A speech given in Iran while standing next to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; “The gun is our only response to the Zionist regime. In time we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy.”
As you can see, Haniyah refuses to recognize Israel – we simply don’t exist! Furthermore, we are the sworn enemy and he is dedicated to our destruction. Based on that, here are my simple questions to him: If we don’t exist, who took care of your kid? What hospital did she stay in? Who took care of your granddaughter? Did she also stay in that same hospital that doesn’t exist – since if we don’t exist neither do our hospitals?? And how about the good ‘ol “shvigger” (Yiddish for mother in law) – who took care of her?
The bottom line is this, and if you haven’t figured it out by now, you are simply blind. The world is led by a bunch of hypocrites. They condemn Israel, yet use our technology to bring water to poor countries. They trash Israel at every opportunity possible, yet use our inventions in the field of medicine, telecommunications, computers and in saving time in traffic with WAZE. Israel has become an “ATM PIN CUSHION”, a devise into which you stick pins and hurt the machine yet – whenever you need – you use that same machine to give you as much cash as you need!
However, like most of our problems, I blame ourselves and not Ismail Haniyeh. He is laughing at Israel, which gladly accepts and treats his sick daughter. We are the problem – not him!
Here is what I would have said to him when he requested help from an Israeli hospital; “You are my enemy. You have dedicated your life to killing my sons and daughters and now you ask me to help yours? Because of you, we have buried thousands of beautiful Jews. Young mothers have become widows, little babies have become orphans and parents have buried children. No, we will not help your daughter or granddaughter and if because of that they die, then their blood is on YOUR head, not ours. We didn’t ask for this war but since you started, we will finish it. Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we would medically treat and help yours? Is there anyone else in the world that would even consider this? Oh, right – you expect Jews to be better and more moral than everyone else. This is actually the only thing we agree on! I WILL be better than you. My soldiers will kill more of my enemies than yours could ever dream of. My rockets will be better as well and so will my tanks and planes. The old shtetl, ghetto Jew who sat in fear of the goy is gone, and today, the proud young men and women of the IDF are a LOT better than you or your ISIS buddies will EVER be. And we are more moral as well, since we will do everything possible to protect the lives of those soldiers over the lives of your daughter and granddaughter and yes – even your mother-in-law. Those who, in the past, put your family first are the IMMORAL ones and while we wish your sick daughter no harm, she will not step foot into an Israeli hospital as long as her father is still breathing. I will compromise on one thing. After the elite IDF commandos send you to meet Allah, we will examine her on her way home from your funeral. Our fine, Jewish doctors will then write their recommendations as to what should be done and then ship her off to one of the many hospitals you built in Gaza for medical care.”
May this be the year that our Jewish leaders speak this way. Amen!