Saturday, February 04, 2023 

Minnesota continues its walk to doom

Minnesota's becoming much like California, with legislative proposals favoring abortion to rival what horrible laws now exist on the west coast:
Minnesota Democrats are poised to ignore the at least 69 percent of Americans who say they want significant limits on abortion to pass the state’s most radical abortion bill, which would legalize taxpayer-funded on-demand abortion for all.

The Protect Reproductive Options Act (PROA), the first bill Democrats introduced in both the state House and Senate this session, would repeal dozens of the state’s protections for women and babies and expand legal immunity for abortions up until the moment of birth and beyond.

The bill is eagerly supported by Planned Parenthood and its allies in the press and the Biden administration, but legal experts say it goes “far beyond any interpretation of the Minnesota Supreme Court case Doe v. Gomez,” the state’s version of Roe v. Wade.

Cattle and reptiles will have more legal protections in Minnesota than Minnesota’s vulnerable preborn children. Legal penalties for animal cruelty in Minnesota range from misdemeanor up to a felony while there is no criminal penalty for leaving a preborn child to die on a cold metal table,” Renee Carlson, general counsel at True North Legal, said in remarks to the Senate ahead of the vote.
Here's another example of what Minnesota's brought about - travesties of justice, based on the rapist being of Muslim background (H/T: Front Page Magazine):
Mohamed Bakari Shei, a 20-year-old Rochester man charged with raping two juvenile females, will serve no prison time in a plea agreement submitted Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Olmsted County District Court.

The plea agreement calls for no prison time and a stay of adjudication. If Shei completes his probation, the charges against him will be dismissed and will not be on his adult record. A third charge of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed and Shei must register as a predatory offender.

One of the juveniles in this case was around 9-years-old and the other juvenile was between 4- and 5-years old at the time of the sexual assaults.

A female juvenile reported to a Rochester police investigator in April 2020 that Shei first raped her on Mother’s Day in 2018 at a Rochester residence. The juvenile would have been around 9 years old on that date. Shei would have been around 16 years old.

Shei told her that he would give her money for a book fair at school or buy her toys, the juvenile told police.

A different juvenile told an RPD investigator in June 2021 that Shei had raped them several times at the same residence during the same time period.
While this following article says the felon would serve jail time, even that appears to be very insufficient. Worst:
With good behavior, Shei will serve, at most, 116 days in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center… He will not be required to register as a sex offender.
This compounds the image Minnesota's now gaining as a haven for misogynists and women-haters. I've never been to Minnesota in my life, and this is reason enough to never want to travel and visit there ever.

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MSNBC falsely claims Israel's turned Judea/Samaria into apartheid area

Kevin Tober's discussed MSNBC's latest anti-Israel propaganda, where they perpetuate the now cliched blood libel of Israel making the "west bank" into an apartheid situation:
In a segment on MSNBC’s All In which sounded like it was written by anti-Semites like Ilhan Omar, guests Peter Beinart and Rula Jebreal each went into an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel tirade accusing the state of Israel of being a terrorist state and turning the West Bank into an apartheid state.

“One of the things we know across the world is that violence comes from despair and you now have, among Palestinians, the deepest kind of despair. Palestinians in the West Bank have lived for over 50 years without the most basic of rights,” Beinart said in his opening anti-Israel rant.

“The truth is, that in the West Bank, the West Bank is apartheid. Jews have citizenship, the right to vote the right to free movement, the right to be citizens of the country in which they live, Palestinians have none of those things. And there’s no prospect,” he falsely claimed.
So the awful Beinart's still at it, huh? How much longer do we have to put up with these repellent media personas who keep up this awful libel against Israel?

In a similar vein, PBS' Christine Amanpour's gone a similar route, with the cliched claim the Israeli government is "fascist":
Tuesday’s Amanpour & Co. on PBS featured Diana Buttu, blandly described as "a Palestinian lawyer who advised the negotiating team,” but whose actual views were extremely hostile to Israel and radically pro-Palestinian -- and in sync with those of host Christiane Amanpour.

Amanpour matched her guest by bringing her own long-standing hostility to Israel and concurrent embrace of the Palestinian cause. The segment reached far beyond concern over the ideology of Israel’s new “right-wing” political coalition under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into name-calling and support for extremism.

[...] Amanpour then asked Middle East diplomat Dennis Ross, who appeared separately: “Is there any chance, in hell, that the United States is going to do what it did, for instance, you know, with South Africa? Like, the whole, you know, stopping the military and financial support?” (The offensive comparison was first raised by Buttu.)

Ross soundly rebutted the analogy to apartheid South Africa, but Amanpour kept up the criticism of Israel’s dangerous new government, the host calling it the most “hardline religious government in Israel's history, with members in very, very important ministries who are either settler activists, or have been convicted of, you know, racial incitement, even belonging to a terrorist group." This is probably a reference to cabinet minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of the Otzma Yehudit [Jewish power] party.
And how much longer do we have to put up with awful "journalists" like Amanpour? She too is unendurable. Come to think of it, so too is PBS. Who needs them, honestly?

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Friday, February 03, 2023 

Haredi hoodlum who injured mother during Mea Shearim riots loves being in prison

One of two culprits who injured a mother during riots in Mea Shearim over a month ago, which were sparked over arrests made in the vandalism of a cellphone store not complying with Haredi standards in the enclave, seems proud to be in prison:
An ultra-Orthodox man who was charged on suspicion of his involvement in seriously injuring a woman during a December riot in Jerusalem said he is proud to be behind bars.

Meir Kazav, 22, and a 16-year-old have been charged on suspicion that they lit a garbage dumpster on fire and then rolled it down a street, where it hit Mirel Dzalovsky, crushing her against a wall. Dzalovsky, 40 and a mother of 10, remains in a serious condition. The other suspect cannot be identified in the media, as he is a minor.

[...] A letter from Kazav was published in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood on “pashkevilim” — posters displayed in public places that are used to transmit information to the community that traditionally does not use telecommunications at home.

Kazav wrote that was “a huge privilege and every day that I am behind bars, I thank God, may God be blessed for that,” according to a report from the Walla news site.

In the missive, he noted that he wants to be transferred to a cell without a television set so that he can “continue to live as an ultra-Orthodox Jew.”

Kazav wrote that all he asks is “that they let me live as a Jew and that they do not cause me to sin with forbidden sights and by hearing words of heresy and lechery.”

Ultra-Orthodox groups responsible for publishing the pashkevilim told Walla they will rally to support the suspect “to save him from the jaws of Satan.”
If anybody thinks the above statements sound eerily similar to what Islamic jihadists can declare, it tragically does. And this surely hints at one of the worst things about these ultra-Orthodox zealots - they're throwing away their lives for the sake of an isolationist ideology that doesn't do Judaism any good. It goes without saying such a despicable person, in this case, doesn't deserve to be put in a cell sans TV, and he has no business claiming to be a Jew at all. Those clannists who implied outsiders are "satan" also committed a most serious offense.

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Congress ousts Ilhan Omar from foreign affairs committee

It's good to see the GOP's done something right here, banishing antisemitic Omar from a committee she doesn't belong on, any more than the rest of the modern Democrats:
The House voted Thursday along party lines to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee through a resolution that cites her past derogatory remarks about Jewish people and anti-Israel posture.

The vote passed 218 to 211, with all Democrats voting against the resolution and one Republican, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), voting “present.”
If Joyce didn't support the resolution, it demonstrates how the GOP still has problems of its own with bad apples.
The vote is a win for House Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the chamber, after a few from their conference initially objected to the resolution. The three who had vocally opposed it, Reps. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Ken Buck (R-CO), had flipped their vote by Thursday morning.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), a key player in the successful whip operation, told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement that Omar, a fellow Minnesotan, had “no place representing American interests” on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“There is no debate that Ilhan Omar, the face of antisemitism in the Democrat Party, has no place representing American interests on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Ms. Omar is an embarrassment to Minnesota and our country,”
Emmer said.

[...] Republicans’ opposition to Omar serving on the committee comes after the two-term Minnesota Democrat gained a reputation for promoting antisemitic tropes, such as claiming Israel had “hypnotized the world” and that support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.”

Omar later apologized for the remarks but continued to take anti-Israel positions.

In 2019, Omar introduced a resolution that supported the anti-Israel “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement. In 2021, she lumped “atrocities” supposedly committed by the U.S. and Israel in with those committed by the Taliban and Hamas. Equating the U.S. and its Middle East ally to the two terrorist groups led to condemnation from her own party’s leadership and again resulted in Omar apologizing. Later in 2021, Omar was one of just nine members of the House to vote against a $1 billion investment in Israel’s defense system.
The harm she caused on her part is considerable. And her "apologies" were entirely false, seeing how she continued with the same behavior long after. Sadly, she could still be reelected to Congress in the next election, and that's why efforts are still needed to make sure people like her aren't allowed to continue working in Congress.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2023 

"Hijab Day" is a disgrace and harms women

Robert Spencer's discussed how Newark, New Jersey is celebrating Hijab Day, at a time when Iran's women are suffering horrifying oppression by being forced to wear it:
Back on Sept. 16, 2022, in Tehran, the Iranian morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, for not wearing her hijab properly. Amini later died in a hospital in Tehran, and numerous Iranians charged that she had been tortured to death while in custody. All over the country, protesters took to the streets to protest not against the hijab laws, but against the repressive and brutal Islamic Republic itself. Other women, and male protesters as well, were killed as the Iranian regime ruthlessly applied the Qur’anic injunction to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (8:60). The protests went on for months until the regime began summarily executing protesters, and even then some indomitably courageous Iranians continued to take to the streets to demand their freedom.

It is against that backdrop that the Newark World Hijab Day resolution will be introduced. For innumerable women in Iran, the hijab is the most visible sign of their second-class status, and of the brutality of the regime that will imprison them for years or even kill them outright for daring to venture out in public without wearing it. The Iranian authorities call their morality police the “Guidance Patrol,” an Orwellian name that makes them sound like a bunch of benign, avuncular individuals selflessly dedicated to helping young Iranians avoid moral pitfalls and stay on the straight and narrow. A more accurate name, however, would be the Terror Patrol, for the morality that these officials enforce is not the virtuous person’s free choice of the good, but the enforced obedience of those who are frightened into submission.
In a Democrat-run area like NJ, this is sadly no shock they'd give this insult to the fairer sex their approval. But it does serve as a tragic example of where the USA is headed today.

And how mysterious nobody wants to organize a World Hat Day, which could serve as a way to celebrate headware that does honor humanity and dignity.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 

Anthony Blinken believes Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel need "lesson in democracy"

His comments drew criticism from minister Orit Strook, while the Times of Israel saw fit to lense this through their own obnoxious descriptions:
Far-right National Missions Minister Orit Strock criticized US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, a day after he signaled that the White House is clearly concerned over initiatives by Israel’s new hardline government.

“Dear Mr. Blinken, I understand that you decided to give our prime minister a lesson in democracy,” the Religious Zionism lawmaker tweeted.

“Well, democracy is first of all the duty of a country to determine its course according to the votes of its citizens, each of which is given equal weight, without foreign involvement,” Strock wrote.

“Demonstrations, however legitimate they may be, are not equivalent to a ballot,” wrote Strock, in a very rare public rebuking of a senior US official by an Israeli government minister.
What Blinken said apparently has what to do with plans to reform the judiciary. And while Strook's not a saint, the far-right description is entirely unnecessary. It's hardly surprising Blinken could do this. The Democrats have proven bad for Israel, after all, and it's a disgrace that they, much like Israeli leftists, want to undermine Netanyahu's platforms.

Update: and, lest we forget, there's also Blinken's moral equivalence in his statements on the Neve Yaakov terrorist attack to consider:
Blinken again condemned the Neve Yaakov synagogue massacre in which seven Jews were murdered on Friday night, as well as the shooting of a Jewish father and son by the City of David on Saturday.

He compared the casualties Israel and The Palestinian Authority have sustained the last month saying that "both sides" had lost "many lives," despite the fact that all seven Israelis who were murdered last week were civilians and the fact that the vast majority of Arab casualties have been terrorists or combatants.

According to the Secretary of State, he heard "constructive ideas" to reduce tensions in the region in light of recent deadly incidents, and he would leave some members of his team in the Middle East to continue discussions on those matters.

He further stated that the Biden Administration "opposes anything that puts a two-state solution farther from reach, including settlement expansion, demolitions, evictions, and disturbing the status quo on the Temple Mount." He also included incitement to violence as something the administration opposes.
If he's going to keep on with these cliches, he hasn't heard anything constructive at all. This too is a serious disgrace.

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Monday, January 30, 2023 

More on the Givat Shmuel transsexual school scandal

Here's what's reported about the decision of a judge in Lod on a suit brought by parents of children at the Givat Shmuel school where a girl was disguised as a boy was stealthed in:
In the latest development in the saga of the "trans-boy" learning in a state-religious school in Givat Shmuel, this morning, a judge on the Lod District Court rejected a petition brought by the 32 sets of parents of the other children in the girl's class, who had demanded that the court enforce the school rules on the girl in question (i.e. that she adhere to Jewish law) - or, failing that, allow them to transfer their children to other schools.

The petition was rejected on administrative grounds, in light of the Education Ministry's recent decision to transfer the girl to another school. The judge added that in his opinion, the parents of other children in the class had yet to exhaust all their options for transferring their own children out of the class and to another school.

The judge added that another petition submitted on behalf of the girl herself, against the decision of the Education Ministry and the municipality, protesting her removal from the school, should also be rejected, arguing that the situation did not justify the court's intervention.

Responding to the ruling, the parents of children in the affected class expressed their severe disappointment. "The rights of our children are being trampled on. The court simply does not see them - it only sees that one child whose rights seemingly trump the rights of all the other children and their parents. In practice, the court's ruling invalidates our right to choose the form of education provided for our children and decides on our behalf what is supposedly good for us, forcing parents of children learning in the state-religious system to transfer their children to independent schools and preventing them from remaining part of the State of Israel's state education system," they said.
Of course the other children shouldn't have to have this forced upon them at the expense of their sanity, as has sadly been the case. On which note, the parents should sue the girl's parents and campaign for the girl to be transferred to foster guardians instead, since it's apparent the girl's parents are abusing her, and doubtless don't care if she's suffered as well:
The situation has reportedly led to severe psychological issues in the majority of children in the class, some of whom are exhibiting troubling behavior. At least one has been placed on psychiatric medication. Distraught parents report that the "trans-boy" herself is certainly undergoing immense suffering, as the entire school is now aware of the situation and the girl is left largely friendless and isolated.
It's no surprise nobody would want anything to do with her, if she's pretending to be a boy, and/or indoctrinated into thinking she's one. Women, even more, don't like hanging around weird men, so why should men want to hang around a woman who's "punkishly" deranged? A description that could perfectly apply to the girl's mother.

Besides the above, there's also this questionable survey that was conducted among national religious, and no telling if it's truly factual:
A new survey conducted by Panels Politics for the Institute for Research on Judaism and Zionism has revealed that a substantial proportion of the mainstream Religious-Zionist community has an open attitude toward accepting people who identify as LGBT in their schools and synagogues.

44 percent of those polled from the mainstream Religious-Zionist community said that a state-religious school should accept children who identify as LGBT, as opposed to 34 percent who said that such children belong only in secular schools.

Among the haredi-Zionist community, just 23 percent of respondents said that such a child could learn in a state-religious school, as opposed to 51 percent who said such children should only learn in secular institutions.

When asked if they would accept someone identifying as LGBT in their synagogue or religious community, 62 percent of respondents from mainstream Religious-Zionism answered in the affirmative. When they were asked a similar question with regard to a single-sex parental unit identifying as a family, 53 percent of respondents professed a willingness to welcome them.

[...] Asked what their response would be to a convicted sex offender who had served out his sentence, the response was almost universally rejecting. Just 13 percent of mainstream Religious-Zionists said they would accept such a person into their community.
Well it's good to know there's a moral backbone regarding sex offenders, but even so, this is still pretty questionable, and missing is whether anybody believes LGBT identifiers should be welcomed conditionally, provided they abandon the lifestyle. Come to think of it, why doesn't anybody ask whether these communities believe it's okay for a woman to dress skimpily? That failure to do so is one more reason why we're facing these issues involving LGBT to begin with.

I also found this recent interview with a sex educator who wants to introduce ultra-Orthodox to such education, but there's some unfortunate bias in here. First:
Hanan Ben-Ari, an Israeli pop star who also happens to be an observant Jew, recently released a music video for his song "Ela Bee" ("But, in me"), in which two women and two men are dancing. They're not naked, mind you. Not even half naked. In fact, they're well covered.

Still, rabbis decided the video was too risqué, since its content suggested an "overwhelming" amount of personal freedom. At least as far as rabbis are concerned
. Outraged fans berated the singer online, telling him he forgot his religious upbringing. Many even told him they've taken him off their playlists. His response - "God belongs to no one" - only made them angrier.

Maor Kaplan, a conservative religious woman from the University of Haifa is not onboard with the bashing of the singer. She also is working with religious teens, helping them explore the subject of sexuality.

"The storm his video has created represents the dichotomy: you're either with us, sully committing to the life of an observant Jew, or you're against us. The Halacha (Jewish law) is a rather dichotomic document, but the educational language needs to address those living in between the extremes.

"If we don't educate ourselves to accept all facets of the Jewish existence, we will end up losing so many people along the way."

Will you continue listening to him?

"Haven't thought about it, but I'm not into boycotts. His music does not represent something abhorrent to my values as a Jewish person."
If what she's referring to is the video, it makes little difference whether the dancers are modestly dressed or not; this is not some calamity anybody should be hysterical about. In fact, far as I can tell, the Torah/Bible is anything but against what goes on in the video, and that only so many Orthodox Judaists would follow a prudish viewpoint regarding men and women's bodies is shameful, as is the Haredis' opposition to female imagery.
Can you stand against the consensus?

"I'm 100% committed to the Halacha," says the 35-year-old mother of six. "But, in the educational context, you can't speak with the mentality of 'you're either with us or against us.' Discourse has to be more accepting of all Jewish experiences."

Kaplan practices what she preaches. She has a website and two books out, all of which deal with the issue of sexuality in a forbidden sphere. She has even become an independent publisher.

A 1,000 copies sold within the first week - it's a best seller!

"I never thought about it in those terms, but I definitely want to reach as many souls as I can. The number of physical copies I have is a reflection of the level of demand.

"Until about eight years ago, sex education in the religious sector was non-existent. The first time girls were exposed to the issue of sexuality was on their wedding night.

"But, humans are sexual creatures, and their wedding night can't be the first time they're exposed to it. Religious teens go through the same thing secular ones do, even if they're severely discouraged to engage on the topic."
I do think it's impressive she believes religious teens should have sex education. The thing is, she herself, as she explains further, only seems to be serving as a role model for girls, not doing anything so far to provide boys with official education and insight. Maybe that should change.

However, it's appalling if she attacked Israeli government deputy minister Avi Maoz:
Are you worried that Maoz will try to undermine your plans?

"I don't believe in discourse that disregards your fellow man. Maoz's positions hurt Judaism because they come from a place of anger and belittlement. I know plenty of religious people who speak from a place and acceptance and love, including the issue of the LGBTQ community."

How worried are you about the future of the country with people like him at the helm?

"I'm worried about hatred and polarization, but not so much about the country as a whole because I know plenty of religious Zionists, and I don't think they'll let his hateful ideas take hold."
While it's possible this was taken out of context by Ynet's writer and editors for the sake of their own leftist agendas, if she really did state the above, it's hugely regrettable, because she told them exactly what they wanted to hear, at the expense of heterosexuality. Who says Maoz is literally "hateful"? Does she also think the same about Christian and Buddhist priests who're against homosexuality and transsexuality? Why, in fact, what if most Orthodox Judaists are more accepting of lesbians than of male homosexuals, provided the women themselves aren't OSRs? Kaplan's not addressing how children, even here, are being indoctrinated into thinking they're the opposite sex, taught to hate the sex they were born as, and even getting surgeries that destroy their bodies, whether with flesh cutting, drugs or both. Is that what Judaism should be all about? Absolutely not. If she really did make a superficial attack on Maoz that's completely unfair to a guy who could be looking to save children from both mental and physical harm by leftists, she owes him an apology.

It's a real shame we have to contend with all this woke garbage, because much like Haredi zealots, it's served to take away attention from issues like Islamofascism, and undermine society. If people, religious or otherwise, would stop making a fuss over how women dress, and worry more about LGBT propaganda, we'd be getting somewhere. Good luck to Kaplan in publishing her books. But she'd do well to lay off Maoz, and focus instead on explaining why women's sex appeal and/or bodies are nothing to be scared or ashamed of. And she could also do a favor by protesting the parents of the girl in Givat Shmuel, and the serious harm they're doing to her for the sake of political provocations.

Update: I think it's also vital to take note of this article about the Miss France beauty pageant, which indicates they too have been damaged by wokeness:
The latest pageant in December involved fewer eligibility requirements, which had also previously restricted entry to women between the ages of 18 and 24 without children.

Now, any woman over 18 years old of any height and child-bearing status can enter. And visible tattoos were allowed for the first time.

Transgender women who have female civil status records were also permitted to compete.
Whether or not the latter implies these are biological women in question, it's hugely disappointing they're approving of this, because it is hurtful to women. It's okay if a mother wants to enroll, and heigh isn't all that important. But to haul transsexuality into this event as well only causes more moral decay, and come to think of it, so do tattoos. This signals the Miss France pageant's on its way to collapse as well.

Update 2: and before I forget, as I've noted a number of times before, religious advocates have to start questioning whether certain customs and practices within religion can cause homosexuality, and transsexuality by extension, and ask whether they can continue to uphold beliefs that could've preceded this whole fiasco we're now facing in this day and age. Those who care about the well being of children and women can't continue to put their heads in the sand anymore.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023 

7 murdered in Neve Yaakov by Islamofascist from east Jerusalem, and 2 injured near City of David

A tragedy's struck the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, leaving 7 murdered:
At least seven people were killed and several others were injured, including one critically, in a shooting attack on the Ateret Avraham Synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem on Friday evening.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated five injured people to hospitals, including three who were evacuated to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus, and two who were evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital. These include a man about 30 years old in critical condition and a woman about 60 years of age in moderate condition.

Initial reports indicate that a terrorist got out of a vehicle and opened fire at people who were gathered outside the synagogue, opened fire at them, and then continued to pursue frightened worshipers who were fleeing the scene.

The terrorist eventually fled the scene in a white Toyota and was met by police officers who shot him dead.

The terrorist has been identified as Alkam Khairi, a 21-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem.
He should go to hell. Now we have to contend with terrorist attacks in neighborhoods like these that could've been prevented. And to make matters worse, there was another terrorist attack near the City of David area:
A father and son were injured in a shooting terror attack near the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem.

The attack to place this morning, the shooter, reportedly a 13-year-old resident of east Jerusalem, was shot by two civilians.

MDA EMTs and Paramedics treated and conveyed two patients to the Shaare Tzedek Hospital. A 23 year old male in serious condition and his fatger, a 47 year old male, in moderate to serious condition, with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.

MDA paramedic Fadi Dekidek: "We were quickly on scene and saw two gunshot victims. A 47 year old male and 23 year old male. They were fully conscious and had gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. We quickly moved them to the MICUs and conveyed them to Shaare Tzedek Hospital, with the young male in serious condition and the other male in moderate to serious condition."
So this one appears to have been the doing of a young teen. Which shows even younger kids indoctrinated with the Religion of Peace can be extremely dangerous, and that it's possible for them to be trained with firearms. Utterly horrific.

Update: the way the White House press secretary spoke about this, laced with moral equivalence, is also atrocious.

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Friday, January 27, 2023 

We need to stop using "nazi" as a description of people we don't agree with

Rabbi Yair Hoffmann makes a point, and also notes how a Meretz chairwoman (the party is no longer in the Knesset) and the Satmar clan have something in common:
What do a far left former Meretz leader and a certain Satmar-associated media organization have in common?

They both tweet and they both call other people Nazis. And they both need to stop.
Well, they've both had something else in common as well: anti-Israel/Zionist mentality, and it's caused only so much harm within Israel to boot. If the Meretz party (no longer in the Knesset) ever arranged meetings with Satmar representatives to coordinate certain policies, that wouldn't be shocking at all.
It pretty much happens every year during yeshiva week (the time when many Yeshivots give days off – a winter vacation of sorts). There is some incident with an airline flight attendant or representative. The airline rep – reacts, possibly in a discriminatory manner. And we decide to make an issue of it.

Now, there is nothing wrong with standing up for one’s rights, as long as it is done properly and respectfully. But there is something wrong with name-calling and throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism. Often, the name-calling is someone in the media or someone posting a comment on a website.

A video went around on Tuesday this past week regarding a Monday Delta Airline flight from Fort Lauderdale to LGA wherein a flight attendant informed someone that he had too much carry-on and he needed to check some of the bags. In this case, the preliminary indication is that the stewardess was in the wrong. However, a Twitter account allegedly associated with a Satmar [Aroni follower] feed that reaches 15,000 people called for a boycott of Delta Airlines until they fire the “Nazi" staff member.

And it happened on Wednesday in Israel too,

Former MK Zehava Galon, once the chairwoman of the far-left Meretz party posted a tweet of a photograph of Israel’s National Security Minister Bem Gvir raising up his arm and compared him to Nazis. Shortly after the tweet was posted, Galon came under fire for the Nazi comparison even by some on the Left castigating the Meretz chief’s comment.

Galon was unapologetic
, saying “I deleted the tweet,” Galon wrote in a follow up post. “I am still waiting for racism to be erased from the Knesset.”

Ben-Gvir responded, “The daughter of Holocaust survivors is cheapening and ripping up the [memory] of the holy Six Million. Zehava, what would your mother and father say about this?”
Naturally, it's regrettable Galon did that too, as it does nothing to rebuild any confidence. And the Satmar media company that posted their atrocious message did no favors either. What's really weird, however, is that nobody's willing to consider that "nazi" is acronym for "National Socialist" in Germany, and they probably don't because it would make their usage look all the more offensive as it is.

That aside, of course all this slurring people as "nazis" has got to stop. It's been done for far too long, and takes away attention from far more important matters.

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Judea/Samaria is vital for Israel's future

So too is Gaza. For now, here's what's being reported about a pro-Israel group from the USA visiting the Knesset:
Israel National News - Arutz Sheva spoke to Jack J. Gindi, CEO of American Friends of Judea and Samaria (AFJS) at the Knesset today (Friday), where members of the group met MKs, telling them about the importance of continued building of Jewish communities and strengthening of Jewish heritage in Israel's heartland.

"We try to teach American Jews about the importance of Judea and Samaria, its history, its people, and its diversity" says Gindi. "Driving down the roads of this region and seeing Arabs and Jews working together is the most beautiful thing and yet none of this ever makes the front pages of the New York Times or CNN and what we're doing is educating people [on a] grassroots level," he continues.

"As an Orthodox Jew who learned the Bible starting with kindergarten, I understand the Biblical importance of the cities and their names," says Gindi when asked about the importance of Judea and Samaria to the Jewish people. "We also understand that strategically, Israel needs these lands for many reasons," he adds.
Absolutely. And that's exactly why the PLO/Hamas and all other terrorist organizations operating in the areas must be brought down too. We can't put up with jihadist invaders being allowed a foothold there anymore, since they're hurting the Arabic communities they tragically have a grip on too.

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  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. I don't expect to be perfect at the job, but I do my best.
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