Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Paris dedicating square to Jerusalem

France may not have been willing so far to move their embassy to Jerusalem, but Paris is doing something positive that shows a form of recognition to the famous Israeli city (via Breitbart):
In 1871, the historic Palace of Justice in the heart of Paris was largely destroyed by a fire. For centuries a residence of the French monarchs, in the 19th century the Palace was the headquarters of France’s judicial system.

The restorations lasted over 20 years. When completed, the site of the Palace had also incorporated some of the surrounding streets. Among them, was Rue Jerusalem, a short alley where pilgrims coming back from the Holy Land were historically lodged, according to the 1844 Dictionnaire administratif et historique des rues de Paris et de ses monuments, a dictionary of the public streets, monuments and buildings of Paris.

The name of Jerusalem hence disappeared from the city’s toponymy… until now.

As announced in a statement by the Central Consistory of France, the body that represents French Jewry in matters of religion, the city of Paris will soon dedicate a square to Jerusalem.

“I would like to thank the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Paris Council and the 17th Arrondissement Council for their decision to establish a Jerusalem Square in Paris,” the President of the Consistory Joel Mergui said on Wednesday.
They better make good on their decision, and not delay, because this is a crucial way to fight against Islamofascism. In fact, as noted:
Just a few meters away, in the Sainte Odile Square, two alleys were named after the three children killed in the 2012 Toulouse terror attack, 8-year-old Myriam Monsonego, and brothers Arie and Gabriel Sandler, 6 and 3, who are buried in Jerusalem.
That's also a good thing they did to dedicate some streets in memory of terror victims. But they'll also have to start proving more than ever they can be efficient on security matters too.

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Friday, June 14, 2019 

New York puts an end to religious exemptions for vaccinations

The NY State Assembly terminated religious exemptions to vaccinations, following the serious outbreak of measles, including - but not limited to - ultra-Orthodox clans:
New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren, Thursday, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

The Democrat-led Senate and State Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.

The majority of cases are from outbreaks in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York.
Some could argue the Democrats were finally forced to quit pandering to a segment of society you can be sure whose votes they wanted. There are, however, a few matters in this report worth taking issue with as far as Democrats are concerned:
The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered. After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of “Shame!” One woman yelled obscenities to the lawmakers seated below.

The debate has only intensified with this year’s measles outbreak, which federal officials have said has recently surpassed 1,000 cases, the highest in 27 years.

“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s Assembly sponsor. “If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children … then you’re the one choosing not to send your children to school.”
But is he ignorant of the jihad themes in the Koran? Honestly, if he won't acknowledge that, he's really not qualified to cite the Koran, when it still remains a major atrocity in influence. And then, there's this to consider:
“I’m old enough to have been around when polio was a real threat,” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a Democrat representing the city of Manhattan. “I believe in science …. Your personal opinions, which may be based on junk science, do not trump the greater good.”
If she really believes in science, does she recognize that transgender ideology is built on only so much phoniness? If not, what's the use of arguing against junk science?

Anyway, shame on the Haredi communities in Rockland County who led to the headlines by not keeping their children healthy. It surely stems from the same mindset that believes one must dress "modestly" even at the expense of vitamin D, and risking osteoporosis as a result. An utter embarrassment.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Hamas rocket fire from Gaza hits Sderot yeshiva

Again, the Hamas led to danger for Israelis with rockets:
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a Jewish religious school in the southern town of Sderot on Thursday night, causing damage but no injuries, officials said.

It was the second rocket attack aimed at southern Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours, marking a significant rise in the level of violence from the coastal enclave.

The projectile triggered sirens in the town of Sderot and nearby community of Ivim shortly after 9 p.m.

The rocket struck the outer face of the yeshiva, sending debris onto the sidewalk. A number of tempered-glass windows were also broken.

Police shut down the area around the school, and sappers were called in to remove the rocket.

In the predawn hours of Thursday, a rocket was fired from Gaza toward the Eshkol region of southern Israel. It was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the army said, and did not cause injuries or damage.

In response, Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas underground facility in the southern Gaza Strip.
To make matters worse, the Hamas has also been resorting to incendiary balloons again. This is absolute terrible this is happening.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 

NY Times' political cartoon scandal leads to their canning all of them

The antisemitic cartoon scandal at the NY Times has impacted them so badly, they want to get rid of all of them from their overseas editions:
The New York Times will stop printing political cartoons in its international edition’s editorial page as of the end of this month, the paper announced Monday.

The editorial page editor, James Bennet, said that the decision was being pondered for “well over a year,” in order to bring “that edition into line with the domestic paper,” which does not contain political cartoons.

The move comes some two months after the paper ran a cartoon that was widely panned for being anti-Semitic. In it, a blind President Trump, wearing a skullcap, is being led by a dog with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s face and a Star of David on its collar.

After a few days, the paper apologized, saying that the controversial picture had been chosen from a syndicate’s stock by a single editor with no oversight. It then stopped running syndicated political cartoons.

The paper is now ending its relationship with its two in-house cartoonists.
Oh well. I'm not sorry the paper's suffered such a backlash that was long in coming. The worst part is there's no chance they've changed and abandoned their anti-Israeli positions. That's why there's no point in buying them. Everyone should save their money and keep a distance from such an awful newspaper.

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Religious political parties are hurting the religion they allegedly go by

David Suissa writes that the religious political parties in Israel - including the ultra-Orthodox - risk harming the religion they allegedly adhere to:
Israel’s religious parties crave political power because it enables them to fulfill their religious agenda, from refusing to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces to forcing Torah laws on the public. Over the years, because Netanyahu has desperately needed their seats to form a majority coalition, he has tolerated their demands.

He probably figured the same thing would happen this time around – but one man stopped him. Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the right-wing secularist Yisrael Beytenu party, decided he had had enough and refused to compromise on a bill to draft haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews into the IDF.

Normally, Netanyahu is able to pull things together at the last minute, because Knesset members are loath to jeopardize their positions by going to new elections. In this case, it didn’t work. The religious parties threw a few bones of compromise, but Lieberman held firm, sticking to the original draft bill.

This dispute is rooted in the founding of the Jewish state, when Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion made the fateful decision to exempt ultra-Orthodox men (only a few hundred at the time) from enlisting in the IDF. A well-known Modern Orthodox rabbi in Israel once told me that decision did more to turn off secular Jews to religion than anything else.

This makes sense
. If you’re an Israeli parent whose children are risking their lives to defend the state, why should ultra-Orthodox citizens be exempt? And if you see ultra-Orthodox leaders fighting to keep their community out of the army, how would that make you feel about religion in general?

There are countless other ways that political power in the hands of ultra-Orthodox parties has become corrosive.

“For too long, this country has been ruled by a haredi minority,” writes Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz. “This one group has controlled all matters of religion and state while holding the government hostage, either by preventing public transportation for millions of people who depend on it, or preventing the creation of a civil marriage option for the nearly 450,000 Israelis who might have served in the IDF and risked their lives for Israel, but cannot get married since their father is Jewish but not their mother.”

Religious intolerance is also a key contributor to the growing schism between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. The equitable compromise to allow egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, painstakingly negotiated by Natan Sharansky a few years ago, was sabotaged by religious parties. The list goes on, from overly stringent conversion rules to the rejection and humiliation of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

How could this be good for the Jews or for Israel?
Of course it's not good for Israel and citizenry. And that's exactly why the Haredis - and even some of the people in the Union of Right-Wing parties - are going to have to be challenged about this sooner or later. Ben-Gurion himself was said to regret the decision he'd made. That too is food for thought.

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Monday, June 10, 2019 

New election could highlight the problems with the ultra-Orthodox, which the left isn't actually concerned about

Israel Hayom wrote about the likelihood the Haredi communities in Israel will feature prominently in the coming election:
The trigger for Israel’s unprecedented repeat election touches upon one of the major fault lines in Israeli society – the role of the growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in modern life.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s prospective government ostensibly collapsed last week over the issue of military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox men, a source of longtime resentment among the secular majority of Jewish Israelis who are required to serve.

The conflict over the draft law is just one of several deep disagreements over the role of religion in Israeli society. While the ultra-Orthodox parties wield significant political influence, experts say their cloistered communities are being left behind by modern society, with long-lasting negative consequences for the future of the country.
I think they have this a little backwards. Depending how you view it, the spiritual gurus of the Haredi clans are leaving modern society behind, for the sake of a dismal vision that believes in insularity at the expense of everyone else. Worst, they're desensitizing their subjects to extremism, and that too is a serious problem.

But as this columnist notes, while warning of another possible anti-religious crusade coming about, there's no way the left will genuinely try to change anything:
Yet here we are again; the Left has come up with another reason for people to be afraid, a new existential threat. Just yesterday we were told to tremble in fear over the “end of democracy,” the “fall of the rule of law,” and the “destruction of the judicial system,” and today we are already being told to fear the halachic state.

The facts, however, don’t support that. Members of Blue and White, the Labor party and even Meretz have no problem sitting in the same government with the ultra-Orthodox parties. In actuality, Moshe Ya’alon and Benny Gantz have begun working toward it. The Left has always done this, eagerly, and when it didn’t materialize it was because of haredi rejectionism (for example, Tzipi Livni’s efforts to form a government after Ehud Olmert’s resignation in 2008) – and not because the Left chose to exclude them from the coalition or their refusal to accept their various demands in exchange for joining.

Such was the case with Yitzhak Rabin’s Labor government and Shas; with Ehud Barak’s government with Shas; and Olmert’s Kadima government. The deal on the table was obvious: The haredim would support these governments’ dovish policies, and the Left in return would acquiesce to all their demands on religious, social and state-related matters. Case in point, it was the Olmert and Labor government, when Professor Yuli Tamir was education minister, that decided to annul core issue studies in the haredi sector and ratified the Nahari law, which allows the government to fund recognized but unofficial schools.

When all this was happening, however, the press was not inundating us with bombastic headlines and threats of a “Halachah state.” Quite the opposite, there was a general appreciation of Shas for its contributions and flexibility on diplomatic matters.

Even the return of former Shas leader Aryeh Deri to the political arena, following his time in prison, was treated by the media with kid gloves, in the contemplation that Shas could again be used to tip the political scale in favor of the Left. Prior to the general election in 2013, then-President Shimon Peres said, “For the peace process to move forward, Shas really needs to be a part of the coalition.”

But the current rhetoric of fear over a halachic state isn’t a new phenomenon on the Left. It is essentially another evolution of haredi hatred, and this time, too, the anti-religious discourse is being used to camouflage the diplomatic dispute. This is a familiar tactic: Every recent left-wing government rose to power on the back of some civic-social wave or another, but in actuality, they focused on the Palestinian issue once in office.
It's also worth noting Shas originally accepted the Oslo accords, as indicated above, leading to serious disaster. One can validly ask whether they'd be willing to form a government with a left-wing party again, because Shas, as a party with socialist leanings, actually was cozy with them for that very reason.

I think this is why we can't assume Lieberman really means it when he pans the Haredi parties. And that's why he too is no longer a politician worth supporting.

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Sunday, June 09, 2019 

Ilhan Omar may have committed federal tax fraud

From what Michelle Malkin's found, it looks entirely possible the Israel-bashing Muslim Congresswoman did break the law:
My column two weeks ago on Ilhan Omar’s Marriage Fraud Immunity Card mentioned the Minnesota state investigation of her use of campaign funds for personal expenses related to her divorce, plus other spending for out-of-state travel.

The report was released today on her shady spending practices in response to Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski’s complaints last year. She has been ordered to pay about $4,000 in reimbursements & fines, plus file amended disclosures.
There's a PDF at her site with more information on one of the most reprehensible people to sully Congress in a long time. Giving Omar a fine is not enough; she should have her citizenship revoked too.

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Friday, June 07, 2019 

2 apartment buildings in Sweden hit by explosion

At least 25 people were injured in an explosion in the city of Linkoping in south Sweden:
A powerful explosion ripped through two adjacent apartment buildings in a southern Swedish city on Friday, slightly injuring 25 people, officials said. The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known.

The explosion blew out dozens of windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Stockholm. One of the buildings has five stories, while the other has four floors.
Based on what the authorities have told, they're surely going to conceal any terror connections the explosion could have. This is tragically the norm these days in Europe.

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Nechama Rivlin, RIP

The wife of the Israeli presidential incumbent, Reuven Rivlin, passed away this week at age 73:
Nechama Rivlin, Israel’s first lady, was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Wednesday at Mount Herzl, where many Israeli leaders are buried.

Senior Israeli officials, including Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Israel Defense Forces Aviv Kochavi were among those who attended, as were U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and other foreign diplomats.

Rivlin had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, and had undergone a lung transplant in March but the complications had her hospitalized until her death.

After reciting the Jewish mourner’s prayer, Kaddish, a tearful Rivlin eulogized the love of his life: “My Nechama, I woke up today after a sleepless night, you know I couldn’t sleep, and I looked at the calendar and realized this was your birthday. Happy birthday, my love. Yes, this is a sad birthday. Several weeks ago, at the hospital, when you started talking, you asked me to take you home. Today, Nechama, you are back home in Jerusalem.”

Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of Israelis arrived at the Jerusalem Theater to pay their last respects to Israel’s first lady Nechama Rivlin. Rivlin’s coffin lied in repose at the theater ahead of the funeral.
It's certainly very sad she's now gone.

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