Posts Tagged Israel

The True Meaning of Christmas (and New Year)

Professor Lawrence Kelemen

Professor Lawrence Kelemen

There are many people (even Jews, r”l) who celebrate Christmas and the New Year (on Jan 1) and have no idea of where they came from and what they mean. The information in this video is sure to be an eye-opener to many of you. After watching, you’ll never look at Christmas or New Year again in the same light.

This video lecture was delivered by Lawrence Kelemen, Professor of Education at Neve Yerushalayim College of Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from UCLA, Professor Kelemen continued with his graduate studies at Harvard University, and later completed twelve years of post-graduate field research in the Middle East.  Now an accomplished lecturer and author, Professor Kelemen electrifies parents, teachers , and university students across North and South America, Europe and the Middle East with his wit, humor, wisdom and gifts of insight into the essence of living a meaningful life.

Enjoy the video:

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Chanukah Firestorm

Fire in the Carmel Forest

Fire in the Carmel Forest

A fire raging out of control in the north of Israel has killed 43 people so far.  Most of the dead were prison guards whose bus was caught in the flames as they tried to reach a nearby jail to help evacuate it.  Five million trees have been destroyed in the Carmel National Forest — Israel’s only natural forest and an ecological treasure.  About a third of the forest has been destroyed.  Forest rangers have evacuated animals from the inferno.

All 1,400 Israeli firefighters (yes, every firefighter in the country) have been deployed near Carmel, and parts of Haifa have been evacuated.  The supplies of fire extinguishing agent have been exhausted.  Israel has asked for help from the international community.  So far, the following countries are helping:  Britain, France, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Russia.  All are sending supplies.  It is particularly touching that financially impoverished Greece and recently cool Turkey are helping. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Israel is a Rogue State

Jewish Apostate Lauren Booth

Jewish Apostate Lauren Booth, Islamic Militant, TV personality and journalist for the English-language news channel of the Islamic Republic of Iran, embarassing sister-in-law of British PM Tony Blair.

At Cambridge University in October of this year, the Cambridge Union Debating Society assigned Gabriel Latner, a nineteen-year-old Cambridge University law student, to argue the affirmative side of the proposition: “Israel is a rogue state.”

Gabriel’s presentation earned him a lifetime banning from the Cambridge Union: he won the debate for the opposing side.

He received a standing ovation from a majority of the audience, but not from Lauren Booth, who was also on the proposing side.

Here is a transcript of his presentation: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Real Trickle Down Effect

Water Reclamation in Israel's Hefer Valley

Water Reclamation in Israel's Hefer Valley

Israel has devoted more resources to the development of waste water treatment and reclamation than any other country in the world.  Seventy percent of its waste water is recycled, three times the figure of the number two country (Spain). 

Israel is the Silicon Valley of water:  the birthplace of drip irrigation, and still the world leader.  There are hundreds of Israeli water-related clean technology companies.  It’s estimated that Israel’s water industry, which was valued at $1.4 billion in 2008, could reach $2.5 billion by 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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IRS Agent Admits “Special Israel Policy” to Block Israel’s Supporters

The Z Street Logo

The Z Street Logo

Z STREET, a pro-Israel non-profit corporation, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week, charging that the IRS violated the organization’s First Amendment rights.  According to the lawsuit, Z STREET was told by an IRS official that its application for tax-exempt status has been delayed because an IRS policy requires consideration of whether a group’s views on Israel differ from those of the current Administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did the New Israel Fund send money to Hezbollah?

Ameer Makhoul

Ameer Makhoul

[1/19/2011:  In the interest of fairness and accuracy, please consider the New Israel Fund’s response to this article.  It is the first comment appearing below the article.  — Editor]

The man who oversaw allocation of Washington’s New Israel Fund has been indicted for treason as a secret agent of the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Ameer Makhoul, a leader of the Israeli Arab Community, was indicted last month on charges of treason.  Makhoul admitted that he provided the Hezbollah terrorist organization with information about security at Israeli Army bases, facilities belonging to Israel’s General Security Services, and defense industry sites throughout Israel.  He is also charged with giving Hezbollah information during the Second Lebanon War (in the summer of 2006) about where rockets fell in Haifa, to help improve their aim. Read the rest of this entry »

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The USA-Egypt-Israel Arms Embargo of Gaza is Now a Music Video!

The USA-Egypt-Israel agreement regarding the weapons embargo of Gaza specifies a fifty-mile limit on naval inspections.  Israel’s recent enforcement of the weapons embargo is being portrayed as human rights abuse by The Usual Suspects, who pretend that this is an aid embargo or a travel embargo.

When the navy inspection personnel boarded one of the nine “human aid” ships from Turkey, “Peace activists” and “observers” on board the ship attacked with knives and metal pipes .  Much of the press attacked Israel for (eventually) defending themselves.   Fortunately, a video (included below) preserves what really happened.

But first, here is a music video offered as a refreshing corrective, which has the added benefit of being entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Evil From Uncle Google

evil google Uncle Google, that paragon of hypocrisy, has done it again.  When videos of Jewish interest get posted on YouTube, antisemitic diatribes follow in the comments, often in the form of Israel-bashing, often filled with obscenities and half-baked misunderstandings. Uncle Google doesn’t mind this.  Neither does it mind posts of deceptive Israel-bashing videos. But truthful and effective pro-Israel videos are censored for “terms of service” violations.  The latest victim is video # wU221GA5-u8 Read the rest of this entry »

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A Light Unto the Nations…yet again

Israeli Rescue Workers in Haiti

Israeli Rescue Workers in Haiti

In case you’ve just emerged from a month in a cave, here’s what’s new:  Haiti has suffered the worst earthquake to hit the Western Hemisphere in two hundred years.  When the bodies are all accounted for, there might be 100,000 dead.

Here’s what’s not new:

The UK (population: 61 million) sent sixty-four firemen and eight volunteers.
China (population: 1,326 million) sent fifty rescuers and seven journalists.
The twenty-five nations of the Arab League (population: 340 million) sent nothing.

Also nothing new:

Israel (population: 7.5 million) immediately sent two jumbo jets with more than 220 doctors, nurses, civil engineers, and other experienced search and rescue personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

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UNESCO Narrowly Avoids Anti-Semite as Leader

Farouk Hosny: Egypt, UNESCO, antisemite

Farouk Hosny

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny, who last year said that he would burn all Hebrew books in Egyptian libraries, only narrowly lost the election to become head of the U.N. culture-and-education body.   Hosny blamed a “group of the world’s Jews” for the defeat.   Read the rest of this entry »

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