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Arafat’s Ninth Life Was Clipped by Poison

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
Man, that really unpleasant looking man had the force of life in him. Remember how many times he almost died?
Italy's striker Mario Balotelli hugging his Jewish mother after bringing Germany to its knees last week.

Foster Son of Jewish Mom Leads Italy to Final

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
Mario Balotelli, who scored two amazing goals against Germany June 28, to take Italy into the Euro 12 soccer championship final against Spain on Sunday (which they lost 4-0, and were totally outclassed by the world champion) – grew up as the foster son of a Jewish mother. Balotelli talked about his adoptive Jewish mother when the Italian national squad visited Auschwitz ahead of the start of the games.
Far-right politician Alexander Müller

Swiss Politician Wants ‘Kristallnacht for Mosques’

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Alexander Müller has resigned from the Swiss People’s Party after a tweet sent from his account called for a repeat of the Night of the Broken Glass, this time targeting Muslims. His tweet read: “Maybe we need another Kristallnacht… this time for mosques.”
Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi R.) with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Iran VP Says Talmud to Blame for Drugs Trade

Rahimi's remarks came at an international anti-drug conference in Tehran, attended by many foreign diplomats, and AFP says it was "a rare diatribe by an Iranian official targeting the Jewish faith, rather than the state of Israel."
Mudar Zahran on British TV.

Mudar Zahran: King Abdullah Will Be Toppled in 2013

5 Tammuz 5772 – June 24, 2012
Zahran predicted that by the end of 2013 King Abdullah, whom he calls "the only non-Palestinian in Jordan," will be toppled, and at long last the Palestinians will be free to conduct their lives in their own country.
"Say it with a gun." America's plumber knows why the Holocaust happened.

First They Impose Gun Control, Then They Send You to Auschwitz

30 Sivan 5772 – June 20, 2012
Samuel Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber” is in hot water (which, professionally speaking, he should be able to repair) over his comments blaming the Holocaust on gun control.
"The world's greatest minds come together to discuss how we can make the most of tomorrow's opportunities."

Presidential Conference “Facing Tomorrow” While Facing Away from Observant Jews

29 Sivan 5772 – June 18, 2012
Who on those panels has any connection whatsoever to me, to my shul, to our children? What does any of those folks know about the explosion of Torah learning in Israel, about our packed houses of worship, about our proliferation of loan societies, about our irrepressible demographics?
McCain on PBS NewsHour Thursday

Video: In Role Reversal, McCain Critical of Obama’s ‘in Your Face’ on Pakistan

25 Sivan 5772 – June 15, 2012
What's wrong with this picture? Why didn't anybody tell me Sen. John McCain has joined the left wing of the Democratic party?
The author in front of the colorful Festival dome near Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem Festival of Lights: Exercise in Overselling, Underdelivering

24 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
My family and I were certain it was going to be a tasteful, Jerusalem version of some of the better Disneyland rides, like Pirates of the Caribbean: dark, with stunning images and light displays and haunting music.
President Obama at his desk, secure in his status as "natural born citizen."

Supreme Court Won’t Hear ‘Birther’ Appeal, Obama May Be American After All

22 Sivan 5772 – June 12, 2012
Believe it or not, the birther effort to de-legitimize the Barack Obama presidency may be officially over. The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to Obama's U.S. citizenship and, consequently, to his eligibility to be the country's commander in chief.
Huddie William Ledbetter (Leadbelly), 1888-1949

Singalong: We’re Gonna Tear Hitler Down

My good friend Jonathan Mark posted this video clip on his website on the same day some mad mega-Haredim sprayed Yad Va'Shem with graffiti accusing Zionism of causing the Holocaust. It occurred to me that blues man Leadbelly, who recorded his Hitler tune in 1942, could teach those crazy folks a thing or two about history.
Bibi with leg in a cast Monday afternoon.

Netanyahu’s Leg Put in a Cast – Could Be First Divine Warning…

22 Sivan 5772 – June 11, 2012
During a soccer game on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slipped on the grass and stressed a leg tendon. Will Bibi be able to recognize the divine warning that was delivered with his injury?

November Bout in NJ: ‘True Arab’ Pascrell Vs. ‘America’s Rabbi’ Boteach

16 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
Bill Pascrell, the "Arab" candidate, won the Democratic primary for NJ's 9th district. In the other corner, meet "America's Rabbi," Shmuely Boteach, the Republican candidate.
Election poster for candidate Rep. Bill Parcell calls voters to support a "true Arab."

Arabs Attacking Jews in NJ Primary

15 Sivan 5772 – June 5, 2012
With the race between two fellow Dems getting to the finish line, many fear that it has given rise to the first bona fide Jewish versus Arab competition, and an ugly one at that. The battle "has transformed into a troubling ethnic brawl."
Is CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein touting diversity while planning exclusion?

Is CUNY Planning a Jewish Quota?

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has stepped into a gigantic mound of odoriferous matter, and it isn't clear if and how he's getting out of it, and, worse, what will the cleaning bill be. What's worse, it's possible he didn't even intend all the mean things people are saying about him. Maybe all he wanted was to help…
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is angry at Obama.

Poles Unhappy with Obama’s Retraction, as Entire Polish Economy Is at Stake

10 Sivan 5772 – May 31, 2012
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded a more "explicit reaction" to Obama's "Polish death camp" comment. Poland fears being sued for billions of dollars worth of property appropriated from Jews.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a meeting in the Oval Office.

At Last, Shimon Peres Gets his US Citizenship

10 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
Of course, it's just a typo, but, you know, come to think of it, wouldn't many of us have preferred it if Shimon were to do what he does on the other side of the pond?
Labour Party and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband is in line to becoming Britain's first Jewish prime minister since 1837.

‘First Jewish Leader of the Labour Party’ Enjoys Yiddish, Chicken Soup, But No Marxism

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
"I am not religious. But I am Jewish. My relationship with my Jewishness is complex. But whose isn’t?" writes the leader of the Labour Party and of the opposition in parliament, Ed Miliband, in the New Statesman.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell at the Wailing Wall. For images from Bethlehem please contact the Palestinian Authority security forces…

Reporters, Dog, Irate as PA Won’t Share Supermodel

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Why, you might ask, does a supermodel require representation by PA security officials? This, as Fido might say, is where the best bones are buried. An irate Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the Palestinian Authority's "heavy-handed treatment of reporters on Tuesday covering a supermodel's visit to Bethlehem."
Lauren Odes with her celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred at Monday's press conference.

Too ‘Hot’ for Comfort, Temp Sues Orthodox Bosses in Failure to Communicate

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
The owners of Native Intimates are Orthodox Jews. That by itself is not exactly shocking, since Jews of all stripes have been running New York's garment industry since the early 20th century. What's unique about this particular outfit is their poor choice in letting go a female temp at their warehouse because she looked and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.

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