the Israeli Presidency
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Dedicated To Combating the Willful Rewriting of History and Fighting the Spread of Antisemitism
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The latest as I write this:
The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship with about 1000 marines off the coast of Libya in case the US embassy has to be evacuated, a US defence official says.The USS Bataan was to be in the area "in a matter of days," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, on Tuesday (local time).The move was described as "precautionary" in case conditions in Libya, where militia battles have plunged the country into anarchy, worsen and require the embassy's evacuation. The State Department said last week the embassy in Tripoli was operating normally despite an offensive launched against Islamist militias by a dissident general, Khalifa Haftar.In addition to the 1000 marines on board, the Bataan is equipped with several helicopters. Read more:
EU Elections: Anti-Immigrant Wave Sweeps Europe
"The far-right National Front has topped polls in France as countries across Europe have turned to extremist and anti-EU parties.
The National Front led by Marine Le Pen has taken its largest share of the vote in its 40-year history with 25 percent of the votes, according to pollsters. The anti-immigration party has pledged to drastically cut immigration and reduce the influence of Islam. President Hollande's Socialist Party has been edged out into third place garnering just 13 percent of the vote." Read more:
Labels: anti-immigrant, anti-immigration, EU, Europe, France, Immigration, Racism, racist
Labels: adelson, anti Israel, antisemitism, antizionism, Israel, left wing, Media, media bias, pro israel, right wing, soros
Belgian Jews Blame Rampant Anti-Semitism for Shooting Attack
Is Anti-Semitism becoming a distinctly European phenomenon?
Locals say yes - and so does the ADL.
"Belgium's Jewish community is reeling from Saturday night's horrific shooting attack at the Jewish Museum, which left a museum employee and two Israeli tourists dead and other critically injured.
Locals say that the attack, rather than a shock, is the direct outcome of growing tolerance for anti-Semitism in Belgium.
"Anti-Semitism has grown. We see it on TV, in the media and in our newspapers," Betty Dan, director of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in Belgium, told Walla! News Sunday.
"It is always against Israel and Jews," she lamented. "All the articles we see about what is happening in this country [to us] are always negative."
"All the politicians now say this is a tragedy, but we are not naive," she continued, stating that politicians "have not done anything" to stop anti-Semitism." Read more:
Labels: antisemitism, antizionism, BDS, Belgium, France, Israel, Neo Nazi
BDS: Seeking Human Rights or Silencing the Truth?
"The current approach to fight Israel with economic boycotts is not a new phenomenon. Arab League official Mohamad Ali Allouba Pasha made the purpose of these boycotts clear in 1964: “[Israel] is not an easy thing to destroy by military means. But there is a force which is not steel and fire, with the aid of which we can win, namely, the economic boycott." Read more:
Labels: America, antisemitism, antizionism, Appeasement, BDS, Boycott, Education, Israel, universities
Hang onto your hats, we're in for a wild ride in a post-American leadership world.
Labels: Afghanistan, America, isolationism, Israel, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Obama, Russia
Pope Francis's Jerusalem itinerary: Down to the minute
24-hour visit to the capital on May 25 has been planned by the Vatican to fit in a plethora of visits to landmarks, religious institutions and private meetings.
Pope Francis’s historic 24-hour visit to the capital on May 25 has been planned to the minute by the Vatican, with nothing left to chance Indeed, his itinerary has been streamlined to fit in a plethora of visits to national landmarks, religious institutions and private meetings within a very short time frame, before he returns to Rome Monday evening. For an hour-by-hour account of his journey to the Holy Land click on MORE.
Labels: Islamic States, Israel, papal visit, Pope
"Since 1956 all male Druze (at their request), in Israel, must complete mandatory military service upon reaching the age of majority, while females do not. The same mandatory conscription law has applied to male Circassians since 1958. The conscription rate among the Druze is particularly high. Overall, 83% of Druze males are recruited to the army, of which 60% serve in combat units - The Bedouin have volunteered to the Israeli Army since the early days of statehood. The IDF maintains an all-Bedouin combat battalion and a reconnaissance regiment with several hundred Bedouin soldiers and officers." -- See moreQuestion: If Christians from Syria, Iraq, and Libya are called "Christian Arabs", why aren't Jews from those countries called "Jewish Arabs?"
Labels: Christians, Israel, israeli christians, nazareth
The Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize was established in September 2013 in order to formally recognize the achievements of outstanding Olim from English speaking countries and their contribution to the State of Israel.As Aliyah from Western countries continues to increase, English speaking Olim are making a remarkable impact on the Jewish State - Economically, socially, and culturally- contributing to Israeli Society in all fields of endeavor. These awards represent an expression of support for Olim whose contribution has helped better Israel in a meaningful way, and acknowledges those who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards developing the State of Israel.
Below, The program entry about the Prize I was awarded
(Hint: It wasn't for Sports)
Cartoonist "Dry Bones"
Culture, Sports and Arts:" Yaakov Kirschen (USA, 1971), Creator of “Dry Bones”. Since its inception in the Jerusalem Post in 1973, Kirschen’s beloved comic strip “Dry Bones” has provided a quintessentially Zionist, satirical and unique view of Israel to the world. Kirschen’s work speaks to Anglo Jews around the globe and has spread a deeper and stronger feeling for Israel and Zionism."
Labels: Aliyah, award, Bonei Zion Prize, Israel, Knesset, LSW, nefesh b'nefesh, Olim, Zion, Zionist
The scene depicted in the cartoon will take place tomorrow night after the Sabbath ends and the bonfires of the Lag Ba'Omer holiday light up the sky.
Labels: antisemitism, BDS, Holiday, Holidays, Israel, Jewish, Lag Ba'Omer
Labels: antisemitism, dry bones project, Hidden War, Israel, media bias, Secret Codes
We should be better than to sink to the level of "normal" countries.the breaking story:
Court convicts former PM Olmert in Holyland graft trial
For first time in history, ex-PM convicted of taking bribes.
Judge claims Olmert 'lied in court,' after new info given in high-profile case -more
Labels: Double Standard, Israel, Jews, korea, malaysia, media bias, Negotiations, Nigeria, Palestine, Palestinians, Peace, Settlements, Syria, Talks, West Bank
Israeli Official Slams Indyk's 'Hypocrisy'A senior Israeli official has accused U.S. mediator Martin Indyk of “hypocrisy” in the wake of his comments blaming Israeli “settlement activity” for causing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to fail.
The official, who spoke to Reuters on Friday, said Indyk had known construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem would continue during the discussions...Indyk, who spoke Thursday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, insisted that both sides were guilty of bad faith and "not serious" about peace.
However, he also lay harsh blame on Israel's "settlements" for the failure of peace talks, claiming they had torpedoed negotiations on purpose.
“I can tell you first hand that that [announcing more building] had a very damaging effect, and by the way it was intended to have that damaging effect,” he said. “The promoters of the settlement activity are the ones who were adamantly opposed to the negotiations even though they were in a government that was committed to the negotiations.”
“Rampant settlement activity – especially in the midst of negotiations – doesn’t just undermine Palestinian trust in the purpose of the negotiations; it can undermine Israel’s Jewish future,” Indyk charged . “If this continues, it could mortally wound the idea of Israel as a Jewish state – and that would be a tragedy of historic proportions.”-more
Labels: Arabs, Indyk, Israel, Jews, kerry, Negotiations, Palestine, palestinians west bank, Peace, Settlements, Talks
More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011Skeptics of Facebook’s business model have long pointed to anecdotal evidence that the social network is losing its luster with teens as evidence that the firm will ultimately be unable to justify its $140 billion valuation. Indeed, even Facebook itself admitted last fall that it had lost younger users. “We did see a decrease in [teenage] daily users [during the quarter], especially younger teens,” Facebook chief financial officer David Ebersman said during a call with analysts.But it’s always been difficult to gauge exactly what the magnitude of this lost interest has been. On Wednesday, the digital consultancy iStrategy Labs released a study that draws from Facebook’s Social Advertising platform to glean exactly how many young users have left the social network in recent years. The resulting estimates are pretty staggering. According to iStrategy, Facebook has 4,292,080 fewer high-school aged users and 6,948,848 college-aged users than it did in 2011. -more
Labels: email, facebook, Generation Gap, internet, Shuldig, social media, Technology
Google Unveils Email Scanning Practices in New Terms of Service
April 14, 2014
Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads.The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation.Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accused Google of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action.Users of Google's Gmail email service have accused the company of violating federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws by scanning their messages so it could compile secret profiles and target advertising. Google has argued that users implicitly consented to its activity, recognizing it as part of the email delivery process. -more
Labels: email, google, internet, privacy, search, Shuldig, Technology
Labels: Holiday, independence, Israel, israel day, yom haatzmaut