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Samaria Activist Yossi Dagan Asked By Brooklynites To Talk About Israeli Resiliency and Terror on 9/11

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan spent Sunday evening after a day of “9/11″ ceremonies explaining Israeli survival skills and resiliency to a gathering of more than 70 residents in the upscale Basil’s restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Many of those who attended had their own history of trauma, with the violence of the recent 25th anniversary of the August 19, 1991 riots in Crown Heights more than just a passing memory.

The event, a memorial evening of solidarity, was appropriately dubbed “Resiliency In The Face Of Terror.”

The evening began with a moment of silence to honor the thousands of innocent victims who died as a result of the Al Qaeda terrorist attack on 9/11, and a short prayer in memory of the 3,000 victims by Rabbi Mendy Margolin.

Dagan arrived after having first paid his respects to the fallen at the site of the attack in Manhattan; the hijackers had also carried out simultaneous attacks at the Pentagon and — foiled by passengers in their attempt to reach the White House — crashing a fourth plane in a field in Pennsylvania.

“On this day I was humbled to visit Ground Zero to share my sympathy for the families and solidarity with the American people,” Dagan said. “Coming from Shomron (Samaria) and representing a community that suffers from terrorism I understand how difficult this is.”

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman introduced Dagan, saying, “We Americans can learn a lot from how Israelis persevere despite the threat of terror, and how they continue to live meaningful productive lives even after experiencing many horrific attacks.”

Clara Perez, general manager of Basil, told JewishPress.com that the restaurant made a special order of wine from Shomron in honor of the event. ” #BDS — ‘Buy Davka Shomron’,” she declared.

Dagan told the gathering that he came to the United States to participate in a series of events aimed at confronting the BDS movement on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

“More than 35 members of Congress attended our conference against BDS and a Shomron Wine Tasting evening in the Capitol Building,” Dagan said.

“The Shomron (Samaria in Hebrew) is at the forefront of the battle for standing up to the haters of Israel. I was moved by the very warm reception of the Jewish community in New York who showed their support for Shomron, the heartland of Israel.”

Dagan said he also visited The Ohel – the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory – in order to pray for the safety and security for the people living in Shomron.

Hana Levi Julian

Sunday Express, NYT: Hillary Clinton Diagnosed With Pneumonia [video]

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The UK-based Sunday Express, as well as the New York Times, both report that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal physician diagnosed her last week with pneumonia — and that is why she became “overheated” and collapsed Sunday just after leaving memorial ceremonies marking 9/11 in New York.

According to a statement reported Sunday night in both papers, Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s doctor said: “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

The Clinton campaign, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying: “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen. During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”

Clinton herself was able to walk out of her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s building in Manhattan at midday Sunday, more than an hour after aides rushed her there following a “medical episode.”

Here’s a video of Clinton bright and chipper after ‘resting’ at her daughter’s apartment:

About 90 minutes into the morning ceremony Clinton said she felt unwell while marking the 9/11 Al Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center in New York. She and her entourage quietly left at around 9:30 am, just prior to the ceremonial reading of names of those who died at the site.

A video surfaced shortly after, showing her walking unsteadily towards her motorcade with a female aide bracing her, one arm under her left elbow and forearm. Another female aide was carrying her bag. The video showed the candidate leaned up against a pillar at the curb, clearly waiting for aides to help her into the car. It was obvious she couldn’t make it there on her own – in fact, she could barely keep herself standing at all.

As a female aide tried to help her take a step, Clinton’s legs buckled and she slumped. About half a dozen male Secret Service security personnel suddenly, quickly streamed in to lift the candidate and bodily place her in the car as others blocked as much visual access to the sight as possible.

The car zoomed off, and media communication was cut off instantaneously. No cameras or reporters were allowed to follow, nor were any questions answered for more than an hour. No one was told where Clinton went or why.

She later turned up at her daughter’s residence in Manhattan, and well over an hour later, walked out of the building on to the sidewalk waving and smiling, and telling those gathered, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”

But if Clinton is in otherwise good health and “recovering nicely,” why did she rush home to Chappaqua?

Up to this point, Clinton supporters and the anti-Trump movement have worked exceptionally hard to make the point that a fit of coughing (which Clinton has had more than once) and a history of cerebral blood clots (she has had at least two) should not be enough to sideline a candidate.

Calls for both candidates to release their medical records – and the seeming reluctance of both to do so – have given credence to the claims of these supporters that Clinton’s medical history may not be any more of an issue than Trump’s, since it’s impossible to know what he’s hiding either.

But taken in context of Sunday’s events, that no longer holds true. Trump has never folded while on the campaign trail, and we have watched Clinton fade more than once. Life in the White House is not the bowl of cherries one might believe it to be, and taking one’s place at the desk in the Oval Office is, at the best of times, little short of entering a shark tank without a harpoon or a protective cage.

Campaign officials flatly refused to reveal whether Clinton saw a doctor after her “medical episode.” But it’s obvious that if she didn’t, she certainly should have. And it’s well past due time for both candidates — neither of whom is any kind of spring chicken — to release their full medical records and have done with it. The American people also need to consider what kind of a president would be foolish enough to avoid a doctor in order to stay in the electoral race – or just as bad, what kind of president would hide whatever health issues he or she might have from his own people, in order to get into office or stay there.

Hana Levi Julian

World Trade Center, 9/11: Is Ground Zero A Sacred Site?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

It’s been 13 years since I slammed my transmission into overdrive, popped the flashing red light onto the roof of my car and went barreling down half-empty streets in Brooklyn towards Manhattan.

Beside me were a sheaf of papers bearing photos of a girl I didn’t know, who was working in an office on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. “Maybe someone has seen her,” her terrified parents said. A colleague handed half of the stack to me before getting into his own car to head down the same road.

We both knew it was a long shot but neither of us realized just how long a shot it was. In fact, it was no shot at all. No one ever came out of that pile of busted concrete and twisted metal alive. I know, because I was there.

Too old already to be a firefighter (which I was in younger days), back then I was a volunteer fire chaplain. But I was on my way to work at a local mental health clinic that morning, since I am also a trauma therapist and ADHD specialist in my “other life.” I was listening to the radio in my car when the DJ interrupted the music to make “a special announcement.” Annoying, I thought idly.

A plane had slammed into the World Trade Center, he said. Details to follow. Weird, I thought. “Radar screwed up? Pilot lost control of the plane?” I started to run through the list in my mind. Meanwhile the DJ was doing the same thing on the air with a second person who had joined him on commentary.

That’s ominous, I reflected. Having lived five years in Israel in my younger years, all my red flags went up the more I thought about it.

And then a plane hit the second tower. That’s when I knew this was no accident.

By the time I reached the clinic, patients were calling in to cancel and the secretary had a small television on, with live coverage showing what had happened. “That’s a terror attack,” I muttered, and disappeared into my office. The next call was to the volunteer fire and rescue team coordinator. I saw two patients and the clinic closed early. A sigh of relief and I raced to pick up the flyers: “Have you seen this girl?”

I flashed an ID in order to get into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which was blocked off to everyone. Cops were everywhere. “A bit late, no?” I grumbled, whizzing into the tunnel. It opened up into a smoke-filled nightmare.

I couldn’t park anywhere near the site. In fact, I couldn’t FIND the site. The World Trade Center had disappeared. The entire area was wrapped in a thick grey haze for dozens of blocks in each direction. It was impossible to see beyond a foot or two. The Liberty One building was not stable — it was swaying in the breeze.

I finally found a spot about half a mile away. It was still smoky in that area, but at least I could see the address, which I’ve since blocked from my mind. There’s a lot I’ve blocked, in fact, but what I have never been able to block out is the stink that hit as soon as I got closer to Ground Zero.

There is no mistaking that smell.

When I was a child, my Sunday School held a special assembly to educate the students in Grades 4 and up about the Holocaust. On that day we were shown the film, “Let My People Go,” a documentary of the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews. It included a full description by concentration camp survivors of the crematoria and accompanying photos.

Hana Levi Julian

Possible 9/11 Victims’ Remains Found as NY Touts New WTC (Video)

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The New York Port Authority showed off on Tuesday the view from what will be the new World Trade Center, one day after potential remains of 9/11 victims were found.

“We would like to see the other 40 percent of the families who have never recovered anything to at least someday have a piece of their loved one,” the Associated Press was told by Jim Riches, whose firefighter son was killed in the terrorist attack.

The death toll from the twin suicide airplane attacks was 2,750, but only 1.634 people have been identified.

Dozens of truckloads of debris from Ground Zero still are being sifted after they are transported to a Staten Island site.

Several relatives of victims have sued New York City for transferring the debris, which may include ashes of victims that families would want to bury in a cemetery.

The Port Authority’s mind is on a new skyscraper, dubbed as One World Observatory.

It will be a major tourist attraction but also will become a prime target for terrorists.

Tuesday’s media briefing showed off the view from the Observatory, to be opened in 2015.

Dave Checketts, CEO of the Legends sport and entertainment company that is developing the center, said, “In one of the most important buildings in the world, we’ll bring back the most important view in the world. The top of this rising phoenix — a three-story observatory — will restore another aspect of the World Trade Center Towers: their phenomenal views.”

A high-speed elevator ride will whisk visitors in one minute visitors to the 102th floor, where a video presentation will relate the history of the site, including the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The 104-story skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original eight-story 6 World Trade Center once stood.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Was the ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque a Con Game?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Visit Rubin Reports.

I’ve pointed out months ago my view of the “Ground Zero” mosque controversy that I thought it was more of a con job than an Islamist offensive. The developer and the imam seemed to be shady people who were trying to promote their careers and seemed to believe they were going to collect a lot of Saudi money.

I also predicted that the mosque/community center tower would never be built. Now, one of the project’s backers has launched a law suit full of detailed allegations, including a claim that the imam spent $3 million of the money raised on a good time for himself. I don’t know if these claims are true but presumably a lot more will come out in the law suit about the story behind this controversial project.

Ironically, the mosque/community center project generated too much publicity, after being rushed through a city council willing to do anything to prove it wasn’t Islamophobic, including observe the city’s own regulations and procedures. This brought criticism and public attention.

In other words, this wasn’t really an issue of religious freedom versus bigotry or a choice between “Islamophobia” and jihad but a cautionary lesson about how the fear of seeming to be a “racist” or “Islamophobe” can be manipulated to fool people into forgetting law and logic.

If the whole issue would have been kept quiet, the likely outcome wouldn’t have been jihad next to the World Trade Center ruins but the enrichment of those involved. At any rate, let’s see what evidence is provided in the court case.

Visit Rubin Reports.

Barry Rubin

Remembering and Forgetting on 9/11

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Eleven years after the tragedy, 9/11 events are happening across the United States today and in other places where the memories of that most dramatic of turning-points still resonate.

In Washington this afternoon, the president of the United States promised Americans in a speech from the Pentagon (“Obama says victims will never be forgotten as 9/11 remembrances begin“( that the September 11 victims would be remembered “no matter how many years pass“. The whole country shares their loss, he said.

This is never an easy day, but it is especially difficult for all of you, the families of nearly 3,000 innocents who lost their lives… But no matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this: That you will never be alone, your loved ones will never be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of our nation…

The breadth of his solemn undertaking lost some of its majesty, in our view, when Obama  added that

I’ve always said our fight is with al Qaeda and its affiliates, not with Islam or any other religion… This country was built as a beacon of freedom and tolerance.

The problem with that is that no one serious or sane is claiming America is, or ought to be, at war with Islam, whatever such a statement might mean.

But to assert that the threat comes from this amorphous thing called al Qaeda, and then to silence suggestions to the contrary with a reminder of America’s devotion to freedom, is to miss the point. Terrorism is a vast, growing threat today. It’s more than a threat; it steals the innocent lives of ordinary people’s children literally every day of the year. Plainly, the terrorists are not all Moslems. And Islam does not equate to terrorism. But to ignore the ties between myriads of exponents of Islam and of Islamism on one hand, and the proliferating network of lethal and hideously well-armed terrorist groups on every continent on the other hand, is simply foolish. Or dishonest.

Still, it’s good to hear one of the world’s most influential voices speaking about the enduring nature of a nation’s memory of its terror victims.

Here in Israel, we (the bloggers behind This Ongoing War) waged a campaign for years to require the city fathers in the most important, the most central, Jewish city in the world to remember Jerusalem’s victims of terror. Here is a shortened version of an essay Frimet published seven years ago. We hope you agree that it still makes some strikingly relevant points in 2012.

Keeping Murdered Israeli Children in Our Hearts Frimet Roth  FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 12, 2005

Not since the Holocaust have so many innocent Jewish children been murdered as in the last four and a half years. Not a handful or a few dozen, but hundreds of precious children, targeted by an enemy who saw in their murders nothing but an effective political tactic.

Once a year on Israel’s official Day of Remembrance, the Jewish people accord these children a moment or two of attention. At other times, it seems to me, little thought is given to them and to their deaths. The parents and siblings they left behind—left to grapple for eternity with the daily, grinding pain of loss—get even less.

Some would argue that this is natural and normal. Would I prefer for everyone to pause once every day to remember them? Perhaps that would be asking too much. But there are reasons to think more often of those children, holding no rocks in their hands, having no explosives strapped to their waists, harboring only kindness in their hearts.

This is a particularly appropriate time to do so with Palestinian and Western pressure mounting daily for Israel to release even more Palestinian prisoners.The advocates of prisoner releases like to equate the situation here with South Africa and Ireland. They too “had blown each other up for years” as we have, was the way Amit Leshem, of Jerusalem’s Van Leer Institute, put it. Once released those terrorists embarked on peaceful, productive paths, he wrote recently.

Then there are the expectations of the Palestinian people who demand that Abu Mazen deliver the goods—meaning that every last prisoner goes free, or else. Israel, it is maintained, must bolster Abu Mazen’s regime with a full release or else face the overthrow of Abu Mazen and an end to the current calm.

Frimet and Arnold Roth

The Muslim Boycott Of The Mayor’s Breakfast

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It would appear that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vocal support for the Ground Zero mosque – not only did he come out in favor of it, he labeled opponents as un-American – is coming back to haunt him. Some leaders of New York’s Muslim community apparently believe he will bend over backward to accommodate their concerns, however wrongheaded.

Several months ago, the Associated Press reported in a series of articles that the New York Police Department, following 9/11, was working together with the Central Intelligence Agency in a program of surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods and institutions in order to track people of interest and incipient threats. Muslim leaders promptly complained about racial profiling, and several very publicly boycotted an annual mayoral interfaith meeting as a way of registering their protest. The mayor and the police commissioner, Ray Kelly, strongly denied the accusations in the articles and the complaints, insisting the NYPD did not target Muslims, but simply followed leads.

We are reminded of the response attributed to the notorious bank robber Willie Sutton (but which he claimed he never said) when a reporter asked him why he seemed so obsessed with robbing banks: “Because that’s where the money is.”

We do not deny that the NYPD/CIA project is a departure from the reactive approach to law enforcement we all grew up with. The challenges posed by Muslim extremists who blend in with law-abiding citizens of the Muslim faith are a different order of business than the lone felon of yore. Plainly, what constitutes reasonable cause for police action had to change unless we were prepared to commit suicide.

Notwithstanding the anger of Muslim leaders, since 9/11 and the inception of NYPD/CIA cooperation, there has not been one successful terrorist incident here, though several attempts were thwarted. Nor do we know of any wholesale targeting of individual Muslims.

To be sure, as members of a minority group we are always anxious about any expansion of police powers, especially when they could be subverted by people of ill-will. But Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly are not threats to the liberty of any New Yorker, and no amount of grandstanding will change that fundamental fact.

Plainly, the importuning of the Muslim leaders is meant to intimidate the mayor into abandoning the program. If he were to do so, it would put the city and its residents at immeasurably greater risk – and constitute as impeachable an offense as anything we can think of.

Editorial Board

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