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August 29, 2016 / 25 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Shiloh’

Shiloh Musings: Fire Back! Show Strength!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Most everyone here in Israel, and in many parts of the world, are happy that for once the State of Israel has shown some strength in its response to Arab Gazan terror attacks on the south of the country.

Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said… An Israeli shell during an initial retaliation damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.
Multiple air strikes later in the evening hit at least 30 different sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, the smaller Islamic Jihad and other militant groups and two people were lightly hurt, Gaza health officials said.
A music festival in Sderot attended by hundreds of Israelis was temporarily disrupted as people sought shelter, television footage showed.

Have you noticed that even Reuters has properly sequenced its headline? Could this be a sign the Moshiach (Messiah) is getting closer?
Is our new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman really changing the rather useless gentle fly swatting responses to the dangerous missile attacks by Gazan Arab terrorists to proper and suitable bombing? Or is this a one time event? Only time will tell. Most Israelis have gotten fed up with the namby-pamby Israeli responses and the very Leftist utterings of the previous Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon. The big problem with Lieberman is that he is so totally inconsistent, but he does have the knack to say what the public wants to hear.

I wouldn’t venture a guess as to how long this new policy will last, but in the meantime, I support it!

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Integration versus Desegregation, Should People be Pushed/Forced Together?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Having grown up in the 1960’s America, the concepts of Integration and Desegregation were lumped together as one, and both were idealized. Looking at them over a half a century later, most of which has been spent in Israel, I see things very differently.

Before continuing with this article, I must say that one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed during my periodic visits to New York is the lessening of racial tension in the streets and the subway. You now see New Yorkers of all colors and accents interacting comfortably together, which wasn’t the case a half a century ago. You also see many very well-dressed and obviously materially successful blacks and hispanics, which means that people of all races are working and living together to a degree that was hard to imagine when I lived in New York.

First of all, to distinguish the two terms, one can say that Desegregation is forced Integration, and history has shown it to be problematic and unsuccessful at best. This morning I noticed an article that reminded me of something I had experienced a few decades ago.

Black students seek nonwhite roommates, spark race debate
Students at the Claremont colleges in Southern California initiated a fresh debate about race on college campuses when they narrowed their roommate search to “POC only,” specifying in a Facebook post that they wanted only a person of color to join their off-campus apartment.

When a classmate challenged this roommate criteria, the Pitzer College student who posted the notice on Facebook doubled-down. “It’s exclusive [because] I don’t want to live with any white folks,” wrote Karé Ureña, who is black…

It reminds me of a time about thirty years ago, when I shared a podium with a local Arab, and we were asked all sorts of questions about our lives and thoughts. The group was Leftist and came from the mindset of Civil Rights activist America, and for them, as you can still see today among academics, Israel was a White vs Black situation, like 1950’s America.

As I remember the Arab man was the first one asked the question, which went something like:

“Wouldn’t you like joint activities and events with the nearby Jews?”

His answer:

“No, why would I? I wouldn’t want my family to socialize with them.”

The group was horrified. That was not the answer they had expected. They projected their concept of equality and an enlightened society on Israel and especially what they called the “occupied sic territories.”

Now in the 21st Century, I think that people are starting to realize that Arab muslims are not interested in integrating, whether it’s here in Israel or countries they are moving to in great numbers, such as the United States, Europe etc. They are not like the Jews who fled from Eastern Europe a hundred years ago, who quickly adopted American dress and customs to fit in. And they aren’t like the Asians of today using their strong work and study skills/culture to quickly climb the academic, social and economic ladders.

Back to the article, even the Black university students who are in a good college prefer to live and socialize among themselves, considering it a right for a “safe space.”

Food for thought….

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Building With Jews and “LEGO”

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

It’s not quite Lego, but a lot of neighbors who are expanding their homes are not using bricks and cement at all. In Hebrew it’s known as בניה קלה bniyah kallah, easy or light construction. Except for a “shelter” made of poured cement, which is now required, it seems that buildings, or added rooms are specially coated styrofoam and plastic.

A new boys high school is opening in Shiloh in a few weeks, and it, too, is to be constructed from this stuff, as you can see. It’s mind-boggling how quickly even a large building can be constructed. This is amazing. In a few weeks it will be bustling with kids and staff. I can’t wait to go back in a few days to see the progress. Last week we just saw the large flat cement foundation “floor,” and now there are walls and doorways. Soon windows, roof and finishing, so you’d never know what’s underneath.

This new method can also be used in two or three storied homes. As you can see, it’s based on metal supports.  It’s so funny seeing these coated styrofoam sheets piled up on the side of the road. I guess that next week they will be in the shape of a building like this one:

And some people are also saving on roof tiling, as you can see here. This addition has a red painted roof. Besides being quicker and easier to construct, the tiles won’t fall off, because there aren’t any. A classic tiled room, as on the original house is very time-consuming and expensive to do. You also need highly skilled workers.

The skills and strength needed for this sort of building method versus the classic brick and cement is very different. Nowadays fewer construction is being done by Arabs in Shiloh. Also, when hiring Arabs, one needs an armed guard.

Once the construction is finished, it won’t look any different from a “regular” old-fashioned brick house, because the outside gets coated with a cement stucco finish. I recently spoke to the owner of this one to the right and bottom. He said that over the metal roof, which is specially insulated, they will have tiles. So, it’s going to be very hard to distinguish it from a brick building.

No doubt these new construction methods won’t last as long as our double-walled brick house, and I wonder about the flammability of them, too. No doubt that they will need all sorts of smoke detectors in each room. That’s what there is in Rami Levy and Yafiz, which are also constructed in this quick method.

I know that synthetic and wood construction, both rather flammable, is the norm in other parts of the world, but until now, most Israeli homes were safer -though more expensive per meter to build. If this helps people make affordable homes… who am I to complain?

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Peace with The PA Arabs Impossible!

Monday, August 8th, 2016

True PEACE cannot be achieved until one side is defeated and surrenders. We could have made PEACE in June, 1967, by annexing all of the Land we liberated in the Six Days War, declared Jewish Israeli sovereignty and opened it all up for Jewish settlement. That was the time, since we had defeated Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

theocracy watch

But for some very fokokt reason, the Israeli Labor Party, which ruled -even though they had formed a “national unity government” with Herut- had delusions that our sworn enemies would agree to peace if we returned the Land. Because of that stupid and dangerous ideology/theory we suffer from Arab terrorism to this very day, forty-nine years after the war.

Not only do we suffer from Arab terrorists here in Israel, but they are an inspiration and training ground for terrorism all over the world, such as the recent terror attack in Nice. That’s because the terror attacks here are tolerated and rationalized by people all over the world, including Israel.

Giving the Arabs “autonomy” and establishing the Palestinian Authority were terrible mistakes and have only encouraged and strengthened and legitimized terrorists.

All this must stop for there to be peace. Peace cannot be negotiated!

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Muslims/Arabs for Israel

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Davka, this week I heard two Arab Muslims, born and raised here, state unequivocally that Israeli rule is what they want.

I work with Arabs in Yafiz, Sha’ar Binyamin, which is connected to the Rami Levy Discount Supermarket chain. When I accepted the job I had no idea that I’d be working with and dealing with Arabs. I needed a job,and the manager of the branch said that she wanted me to join and work with her.  To be honest, I don’t mind working with and dealing with all the Arabs who come to Sha’ar Binyamin. First of all, if they work or shop in a Jewish store, they have passed an important test as far as I’m concerned. The PA-Palestinian Authority periodically persecutes them in all sorts of ways. That’s the reason the amount of Arab customers goes up and down. The Arabs who work here enjoy the salary and benefits, which are far superior to what they could get in Arab business, unless they’re “on the take.”

Early in the week, I attended David Bedein’s Israel Advocacy Day, in which Bassam Eid gave one of his amazing talks. Click here for the video. Bassam Eid is very public about his support for Israel and assistance that Israeli sovereignty would be best for Arabs.

I view the Arabs who work and shop in places like Rami Levy/Yafiz, Sha’ar Binyamin (and similar businesses and shopping areas) as agreeing with Eid, voting with their “feet,” or should I say wallet.

More on the customers I meet at work:

The other day a family came into the shoe store. I suddenly realized that they were speaking a mishmash of Arabic and Hebrew, except for one child who consistently stuck to very slang-filled Hebrew, like any ordinary Israeli of his age. I began to wonder if they were among those very ambitious Arab families who try to get their kids comfortable in Hebrew, so they can “pass.” I had one of those a while ago; they said they live in Pisgat Zeev and pushed the kids to speak Hebrew with me. After choosing a few pairs of shoes, they relaxed and told me the story. One of the parents had a Jewish father whose deathbed wish was that they return to his people, who are kinder and better than the Arabs.
The family decided to take that advice and aren’t sorry. I was told how wonderful and generous Israel has been to them. They are in the process of converting now. (Their details disguised since I didn’t get permission to tell story.)

This morning I saw a related article in the paper about a Muslim who is in favor of Israel.

‘I was the campus anti-Semite,’ says reformed Muslim Zionist
Hafeez, 32, is a British Muslim of Pakistani origin whose full time job now, is working as the Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel. But some ten years ago, he was busy making noise on his own campus, in the opposite direction: “If Israel even sneezed in the wrong direction we were protesting. We held events with speakers who were blatantly anti-Semitic, but we couched it by saying they were anti-Zionist. I was generally obnoxious, loud and threatening,” he admits.

When it seems like the whole world is against us, against the State of Israel and Jewish Rights to our Holy Land, it is so refreshing and encouraging to see that we do have support. Things aren’t s black as we think.

Friday was Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, the first day of the Jewish Month of Av, which is now a time of mourning. Chazal, our sages, tell us that when we are redeemed, when the Moshiach comes, the mourning days of this month will be days of joy. May it happen במהירה בימינו bimhaira biyameinu,  “speedily in our days…” Gd willing!

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Bush Republicans- Sore Losers!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

In American democracy, like baseball, tennis and football, there’s no such thing as a tie. There’s one winner and winner takes all. True democrats, small “d,”  are supposed to accept their losses, and when it comes to a Presidential nomination, support the winner, even if he/she is the candidate least favored. The majority wins. That’s what democracy is all about.

At this point in the American Republican political calendar, it doesn’t really matter which of the wannabes you supported, a loyal Republican leader, like those in the Bush Clan, have a responsibility to accept that their candidate lost, and Donald Trump won the nomination to be the official Republican Presidential nominee.

I have no doubt that the Bush Machine is supporting, in one way or another…, the Republican minority that is undermining/sabotaging Trump’s democratically chosen candidacy.

Convention drama: Trump campaign stops rules rebellion
Cleveland (CNN)Open discord and revolt broke out on the floor of the Republican National Convention Monday as GOP officials crushed an attempt to change party rules, a maneuver that could have embarrassed presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
In a highly unusual show of disunity and anger on the floor of a modern party convention, a group of states tried to force a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules of the convention. The rebellion apparently caught Trump’s campaign team by surprise, and his lieutenants were seen frantically whipping votes on the floor to squelch the effort amid scenes of deepening disarray.

Without powerful backing, the anti-Trump Republicans would have accepted their loss and either played ball fairly for Trump, or quietly wiped their tears and started working on 2020. This does not look good for Republican democracy, not at all.

It’s clear that these sore losers would rather hand the Presidency over to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats than support Trump. Remember that no Republican got close to Trump in the primaries. It’s a sorry state for the Republicans to be so un-American, so antidemocratic, so disloyal to their own party, so selfish and so disregarding the wishes of the voters.

Batya Medad

Shiloh Musings: Turkey Falling Apart, “Jinxed” by Israel Agreement?

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Just a few weeks ago Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu considered himself very lucky to come to an agreement with Turkey.

Netanyahu said that with both the world and the region going through enormous changes, it is important to create islands of stability*, and this accord does that with Turkey. He said that his strategy is to create these points of stability in ties with some Arab states in the region, with Greece and Cyprus, and with Russia. Jerusalem Post

I’d consider that a major miscalculation on the part of Bibi, since less than a month later Turkey is suffering from major instability.

Turkish forces thwart coup against Erdogan after crowds rally
Attempted coup d’etat in Turkey, hundreds dead

It’s just another lesson, since the beginning of the Jewish People, that we can’t shouldn’t rely on foreign leaders/countries for help. When we do the right thing, then Gd will help us! That is how this week’s Parshat Shavua, Torah Portion of the week ends. Balak, Bamidbar 25

6Then an Israelite man came and brought the Midianite woman to his brethren, before the eyes of Moses and before the eyes of the entire congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. ווְהִנֵּה אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּא וַיַּקְרֵב אֶל אֶחָיו אֶת הַמִּדְיָנִית לְעֵינֵי משֶׁה וּלְעֵינֵי כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְהֵמָּה בֹכִים פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:
7Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the kohen saw this, arose from the congregation, and took a spear in his hand. זוַיַּרְא פִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן וַיָּקָם מִתּוֹךְ הָעֵדָה וַיִּקַּח רֹמַח בְּיָדוֹ:
8He went after the Israelite man into the chamber and drove [it through] both of them; the Israelite man, and the woman through her stomach, and the plague ceased from the children of Israel. חוַיָּבֹא אַחַר אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל הַקֻּבָּה וַיִּדְקֹר אֶת שְׁנֵיהֶם אֵת אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת הָאִשָּׁה אֶל קֳבָתָהּ וַתֵּעָצַר הַמַּגֵּפָה מֵעַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:
9Those that died in the plague numbered twenty four thousand. טוַיִּהְיוּ הַמֵּתִים בַּמַּגֵּפָה אַרְבָּעָה וְעֶשְׂרִים אָלֶף:

Gd ended the plague after Pinchas (Phinehas) executed the most blatant of the sinners.

Batya Medad

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