Thoughts On the Friendly Fire Admittance by the IDF

Friendly fire is defined as follows:

An attack by belligerent or neutral forces on friendly troops while attempting to attack enemy/hostile targets.

It is an aspect of war that is unfortunately unavoidable.

After months of investigation, the IDF announced that it was very likely that friendly fire caused the death of journalist of Shireen Abu Akleh.

Two things are apparent to me from this announcement.

The first is that as usual, Israel is figuratively being the bigger person. Their leadership and maturity prove that they are willing to do the work to create lasting peace and coexistence. The second is that the Palestinians, on the other hand, are so committed to the lies that they are spreading, that they will use anyone and anything to support their “truth“.

As usual, the only victims are the innocent people whose lives have been turned upside down at best, or at worst are maimed and/or killed because one side refuses to work with the other.

May her memory be a blessing. Z”L.

Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted Book Review

If there is one thing we can hopefully agree on, it is that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is not as black and white as it appears to be on the surface. The truth is that there are grey areas that are not often explored or given time in the spotlight.

Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted, by Daniel Sokatch, with illustrations by Christopher Noxon, was published last fall. This premise of the book is to answer as many questions as possible in a concise, readable, and understandable manner in regard to one of the world’s longest modern disputes. Starting in the distant past and ending in today’s world, Sokatch explores the history of the region, the people who have called it home, and the arguments that have lasted generations.

I have mixed feelings about this book. While he highlights the antisemitism that has, unfortunately, been part and parcel of Jewish history, I think he gives the haters too much latitude. While I am again hoping that the consensus is that there has been too much destruction and loss on both sides, I am disheartened that the author ignores the many times that real attempts for peace have been shot down by the Palestinians.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted is available wherever books are sold.

The World Didn’t Care Then & They Don’t Care Now: The Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Destruction of the Al Aqsa Mosque

Silence speaks volumes and actions speak louder than words. People can say whatever they want, but words mean nothing.

Tuesday was the 79th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. When the world turned its back on Europe’s Jews, it gave the Nazis carte blanche permission to persecute, starve, torture, and murder my Jewish brethren. The only way we could survive is if we saved ourselves. It was a f*ck you to those who decided that we were not worth fighting for.

In the years since then, Jews (and Israel by extension) have had to keep the figurative middle finger raised. Because once again, we have been told by actions that we should remain sheep to the slaughter.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I believe in the sacredness of the sites and the holidays within my faith. Earlier today, militant Palestinians decided that one of the holiest sites in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, was to be used not as a site of prayer, but of a battle. This is during Ramadan, which I think deserves a little more respect. Not only did they attempt to physically destroy the building, but they used it as a base to attack innocent people.

In my mind, that is akin to Jewish worshippers destroying the Western Wall during Yom Kippur to spite our neighbors. It is something I cannot comprehend.

Given that the basic concept of Jewish history is that we are still here despite many attempts at assimilation and extermination, I personally think that it’s time to not give a shit. If living means fighting for ourselves when no one else will, so be it.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

New year, same old story.

Earlier this week, the Palestinians pushed to join the International Criminal Court, in order to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes.

One of the countries that voted for the Palestinians was France. Yesterday, gunmen stormed into the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French Satirical magazine. Witnesses claim that they were militant Muslims. 12 people in total are now dead.

While my heart breaks for the families of the victims, I have to say it. What goes around comes around.

Europe has been known in the last few years for becoming multicultural. Multiculturalism is a wonderful thing, however, it must be balanced by respect for the law and respect for the traditions of the country and it’s citizens.

When one puts their head in the sand when it comes to terrorism (like Europe has) this is what they get.

What goes around comes around.

Obsessed Much?

As of a few minutes ago, Yahoo News has 17 stories in regards to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Based on recent history, I can guess that the reporting is not 100% accurate.

If the job of news media is to accurately report on what is going on in the world and let the reader or viewer make a decision on their own, they are doing a poor job.

Or they are doing the same sheep like reporting without doing their own homework.

I think the news media needs to find a new obsession and do their homework before blindly sharing lies and half truths.

I Hope Your Happy

SodaStream, a company that has revolutionized the beverage industry by turning ordinary tap water into soda and other sugary drinks has closed their plant in Israel,  forcing the company to fire their employees.

The BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) continue to state that their goal is to help the Palestinians. They claim that this is a victory for their cause.

If that is their goal, then they have failed. How does unemployment help the Palestinians? I would love to know. If someone would like to enlighten me, they are welcome to do so.

In their continued effort to undermine Israel, the BDS movement and their ilk have shown their true colors. They, like many others, are not there because they support the Palestinians. They want to wipe Israel off the map.

I hope they are happy.

 

Good Job, World (Not!)

Dear World

While you were pointing the fingers at Israel and making all sort of accusations, you were ignoring the real human rights abuses.

  • Christians in certain Middle Eastern countries are facing an agonizing decision. Convert to Islam or die.
  • The Yazidi’s, an ethnic minority have been forced out of their homes by ISIS. The lucky ones have escaped to the mountains, where they are receiving airdropped supplies from the United States. The rest have been kidnapped or killed.
  • Lebanon continues to take in more Syrian refugees.
  • The girls kidnapped in the spring by Boko Haram have not been returned to their families.
  • The LGBT community in Uganda have seen an anti-gay ruling overturned, but that does not mean they are free to live as they wish.

Shall I go on?

Israel is not perfect and never will be. The government is run by human beings, as imperfect and susceptible to mistakes anyone else in the world is.  However, it is the only legitimate democracy in that region. All citizens have the same rights and are equal in the eyes of the law, regardless of the labels they use to define themselves .

To the celebrities  and journalists who mindlessly use their status and social media to spread the lies, I suggest you do your research. To my co-religionists who either remain silent or have supported the Palestinians, I would like to remind you that the Hamas charter clearly states that one of their objectives is to kill the Jews and destroy Israel. Not some Jews, but ALL Jews. Their goal is to complete what the Nazis started 70 years ago.

I’m going to end this post with the video below, because Joan Rivers, in her own Joan Rivers way, hit’s the nail on the head.

Sincerely

A concerned world citizen

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