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‘Muezzin Law’ Ready for Vote Despite Arab, Rivlin Objections

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Health Minister Yakov Lizman (United Torah Judaism) on Tuesday night removed his objection to the ‘Muezzin Law,’ a noise pollution prevention legislation intended to prevent mosques, especially in mixed neighborhoods in Israel, from urging the believers to worship at 4 and 5 in the morning.

Litzman, who originally objected to the bill on the grounds that it could end up curtailing the pre-Shabbat and pre-holiday announcements which are sounded in every Israeli city an hour or so before sunset. Eventually Litzman reached a compromise with coalition Chairman David  Bitan (Likud) that the law would be limited to curbing Muezzin enthusiasm from 11 PM to 7 AM.

As a result, the new bill has been ready to come up for a preliminary vote at the Knesset plenum, and proceed to committee should the vote be yay. But Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who is currently on a state visit to the Ukraine, demanded to be allowed to chair the meeting, which is expected to be particularly explosive.

MK Issawi Freij (Meretz), for one, is ready to do some exploding, judging by his announcement that separating the Shabbat announcements from the Muezzin bill exposes it for what it is: yet another example of Israeli racism. Never mind that those pre-Shabbat calls take place around 7 PM at the latest, while the Muezzin law lets people – both Arabs and Jews – have their rest from 11 at night to 7 in the morning.

President Reuven Rivlin, who used to be a proud member of Likud but has since been often playing for the other teams, voiced his vehement objection to the noise pollution bill, saying it would show up Israel as a democracy for Jews only.

Somebody, please, build a mosque next to the President’s residence, to serve the Arabs of Rehavia… The president might change his mind yet…

JNi.Media

Minority Leader Schumer Not Ready to Kill Iran Deal, Despite 2015 Nay Vote

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The new Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Politico on Friday that he is not ready to commit to working with Trump and the Republican majority to ditch President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran — which Schumer opposed back in the summer of 2015.

“I’m willing to try. I think the jury’s still out, and I’m willing to wait another year or two,” Schumer said.

In that context, Schumer was vague guidance on when or how often he and fellow Democrats plan to use the Senate’s super majority rules to deny Republicans the votes on their upcoming legislation.

“There’s a lot of troubling things coming down the pike,” Schumer said, revealing for now that the Democrats are prepared to block a repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare.

As to his most famous constituent, President Elect Donald Trump, who over the years had given him $9,000 in political donations, Schumer told politico, “He was not my friend. We never went golfing together, even had a meal together. He’s called me, we’ve had civil conversations a couple of times.”

Trump, for his part, said MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in January: “Hey look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”

Not very memorable ones apparently. There’s a limit to how much one should expect from a politician in return for 9 grand…

David Israel

Unhappy Clinton Voters Targeting Electoral College Members

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Unhappy Clinton voters are hoping they can reverse the results of the election by targeting members of the Electoral College who will be voting on December 19, according to a Fox News report.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote int he 2016 presidential election, but failed to win the states that would have given her enough electoral votes, that victory went to Donald Trump, the President-Elect – unless Clinton supporters have their way.

There are petitions and counter-petitions demanding the Electors either ignore or respect their expected votes.

Some 3 million people have signed a petition demanding the electors change their vote.

It would be a completely unprecedented event in American history if the electors did not vote as they should.

Since Trump won the election, Clinton supporters have been holding protests, some of which have turned into very violent riots.

There are accusations that the riots are being organized behind the scenes by various interested parties and that some of the protesters are paid professionals.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Let’s Make America VOTE Again

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through}

The United States has a long history of terrible voter turnout.

The voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population (VAP) since 1992 has been: 58%, 51% (1996), 54% (2000), 60% (2004), 62% (2008) and 57% (2012). This compares to countries like Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom which had turnouts around 70%.

It is not that people are apathetic about the outcomes of elections; they just realize that their votes do not matter.

In the US, presidential election are not based on the popular vote, where every single vote counts. The outcome is awarded by electoral votes, where every state has a set number of electoral votes as roughly determined by the population in the state, in a winner-take-all formulation. Therefore, if a state is a virtual certainty of voting for a Democrat (say California) or for a Republican (like Texas), it makes no difference if any individual casts a ballot. It is therefore possible that a state like Texas can have as few voters as Minnesota, but the 55 electoral votes for Texas would still be cast for the Republican, even as Minnesota only awards its pre-determined 10 electoral votes.

There is a way to get people to participate in the elections, and it does not entail making it mandatory, as is done in Australia.

This proposal is to INCENTIVIZE people to vote by weighing the electoral votes by the percentage of people that vote in the state.

If a state has less than half of the population casting a ballot, that state would only get 50% of the predetermined electoral votes. For every 2% of the VAP that participates in the election, another 10% of the electoral votes would count, up to 58% of the VAP, when 100% of the electoral votes would be counted.

Percent of VAP Percent of Electoral Votes
Less than 50% 50%
50% to 51.9% 60%
52% to 53.9% 70%
54% to 55.9% 80%
56% to 57.9% 90%
58% and above 100%

 

Consider Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes. In the 2012 presidential election, it had a 57.8% VAP turnout (5,596,499 votes out of a voting age population of 9,677,000). According to this proposal, Pennsylvania would have only gotten 90% of its electoral votes, or 18 instead of the full 20. The shortfall of 16,161 voters (which would have brought it to 58%) would have cost the state 2 important votes.

This formulation incentivizes everyone in the state to vote, and everyone in the country to care about each state. No state would be considered “secure,” as the drive to get every American to participate in the democratic process would be critical.

A great example is New York, with its 29 electoral votes, has been a lock for almost every Democrat (as opposed to Pennsylvania which is a “swing” state).  Most New Yorkers (yes, a majority) opt to go to work and skip the polls.  In 2012, only 6,160,193 people voted, out of the 13,302,000 voting-aged population. Only 46.3%. That’s pathetic.  This formula would have penalized the state for the poor turnout, and awarded NY only 50% of the 29 electoral votes, or 15 votes.  The loss of 14 votes would have been equivalent to losing the entire states of Wisconsin and Hawaii.

Americans are going out to vote today, in the somber 2016 election, when people have strong dislikes for the candidates. Many will opt to stay home because of that distaste.

Let’s change the current election model, so people don’t withdraw from the democratic process itself.


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Paul Gherkin

The Dangers Of UNESCO’s Jerusalem Vote

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Seeming to parallel the world described by George Orwell in 1984 in which history and fact are manipulated to serve political ends, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently voted 24-6 to approve a resolution stripping the Temple Mount and Western Wall of its Jewish identity, and elevating a Muslim claim to those two sites central to Judaism.

The intellectually retrogressive measure – promoted by the stateless Palestinians and sponsored by Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan in a document tellingly named “Occupied Palestine” – purported to be interested in “safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem.”

That resolution, given the moral imbecility of the twenty-four countries that voted in favor (and the twenty-six that cravenly abstained), had as its primary purpose to airbrush a Jewish connection out of Jerusalem, and particularly the Temple Mount, which the UNESCO charade did not even refer to by its Hebrew name, instead referring only to it by its Muslim name.

The hallucinatory and willfully delusional vote from nations in the thralls of Palestinianism, of course, is not surprising, given the UN’s promiscuous bias and historical inversions when assessing the perceived shortcomings of Israel. Nor was the attempt to de-Judaize the Western Wall and Temple Mount by ascribing fictive religious identities on those sites the first time this irrational irredentism had been used as a tactic to elevate the Palestinian claim to Jerusalem while simultaneously obliterating the Jewish one.

The vote was not a legitimate attempt to protect the ethnic and religious rights of a people to sites that are verifiably and undisputedly theirs. Rather, it was a brazen and volatile political tactic promoted only by completely ignoring at least two-thousand years of biblical, religious, historical, and archeological evidence supporting the obvious, and inarguable, fact that the Temple Mount and Western Wall are not only significant in Judaism, but its holiest places.

But this latest example of “Temple Denial” on the part of the Palestinians and their supporters is the culminating act in a long campaign that showed itself as early as 2000 at the Camp David negotiations when a shocked President Clinton was told by Yasir Arafat that no Jewish edifice had ever existed on the Temple Mount but had been located, he preposterously claimed, in Nablus.

That false version of history is clearly still prevalent within the Palestinian movement, as evidenced by October 14 comments made on official PA TV by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA chief Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on religious and Islamic affairs, whose sentiments reinforced and parroted the language of the UNESCO resolution. “Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land. Jerusalem is the property of the Palestinians,” he said.

These delusions are apparently shared by Abbas. “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours as well,” he announced in a September 2015 speech in Ramallah. “[Israeli Jews] have no right to desecrate the mosque with their dirty feet, we won’t allow them to do that,” he said.

Since the 1920s, when Amin al-Husseini, the Nazi-loving grand mufti of Jerusalem, rallied Muslims with accusations that Jews intended to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and rebuild the Jewish Temple, Arabs have attempted to obscure a Jewish connection to the site, and have sought to “liberate” purported Muslim holy places from the grip of Zionists.

The Palestinian position on Jerusalem was clearly articulated by Yasir Arafat’s in July 2000: “I will not agree to any sovereign [Israeli] presence in Jerusalem.” They can occupy us by force, because we are weaker now, but in two years, ten years, or one hundred years, there will be someone who will liberate Jerusalem [from them].”

“Liberating” Jerusalem, of course, does not mean transforming it into a pluralistic, open city where members of three major faiths can live freely and practice their religions openly. Liberating Jerusalem for the Palestinians would be more in keeping with the type of liberation that Transjordan’s Arab League effected when they burned and looted the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem in 1948; expelled and killed its hapless Jewish population; destroyed some 58 synagogues, many hundreds of years old; unearthed gravestones from the history-laden Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives and used them for latrine pavers; and barred any Jew from praying at the Western Wall or entering the Temple Mount.

If UNESCO is intent on mollifying the Arab street by pressuring Israel to divide Jerusalem and turn over its holy sites as a peace offering to the Palestinians, it may well be setting into motion the exact opposite result: a jihadist, apocalyptic movement invigorated by the misguided diplomacy of the West that, once more, asks Israel to sacrifice its security, religious heritage, and nationhood so that Islamists can realize their own imperial ambitions at the Jewish state’s expense.

The UNESCO vote indicates that in a morally incoherent world, political expediency will trump reason, truth, and fact. Orwell described it: “All history was…scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.”

Richard L. Cravatts

New UNESCO World Heritage Vote on Jerusalem Set for Wednesday

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization is set to vote in Paris on another resolution on Wednesday on the issue of Jerusalem, this time on the “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.”

The resolution, sponsored by Kuwait, Lebanon and Tunisia, is being reviewed by the agency’s 21-member World Heritage Committee and this time doesn’t contain any reference whatsoever to Christianity and the “Jewish people” at all.

Member states who are eligible to vote on Wednesday include: Azerbaijan, Angola, Burkina Zimbabwe, Croatia, Cuba, Faso, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Both Mexico and Brazil, who voted in favor of the previous resolution, entitled “Occupied Palestine,” subsequently expressed regret and vowed to abstain in future votes. Italy, which abstained, said it would oppose future resolutions on such issues. Moreover, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that he would try to convince his European colleagues to do the same, according to Netanyahu’s office.

All three responses were welcomed by Israel – but not one of the three is a member of the World Heritage Committee, and therefore none of them can cast a ballot in Wednesday’s vote.

Israeli envoy to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen has been directed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also acting Foreign Minister, to try to convince those member states who abstained during the previous vote to this time vote against the resolution.

Hana Levi Julian

UNESCO Unmasked – and Letters to the World

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

If you are an Israel friend or foe, your social media feeds were probably taken up with the recent UNESCO decision that the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the Western Wall have no connectino to Jewish history.

The anti Israel crowd were probably applauding the decision while the pro Israel crew were either laughing it off or seriously ticked off by it. Personally, I certainly belong to the second category, but when I heard the decision, I stood up and started applauding it. Why you ask? So happy you did!

No, I don’t agree with this ludicrous, historically fabricated, Islamic terror apologetic UNESCO decision, but for those of you who were surprised or even in the slightest bit disappointed by UNESCO, it’s time to wake up!

I am not applauding UNESCOs decision because I agree with its content, I am applauding it because this UN organization has finally unmasked its real intent.

Can you see it?

This conflict was never about settlements or occupation of a country that never existed and it was never about an Arab national dream to build a country called Palestine, this conflict has always been about an Arab national dream to destroy one called Israel.

The recent UNESCO decision proved beyond a doubt that this is not about an effort by the world to bring about peace, but rather an attempt by the world to take apart Israel piece by piece.

It’s one thing to create a national Arab identity based on a fabrication of history, it’s another to try to delete real Jewish history in the land of Israel, in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. Let’s forget about the fact that the Torah, New Testament and the Quran clearly calls the Land of Israel a Jewish homeland and let’s ignore the fact that the Islamic Al Aqsa mosque was originally called BAYIT AL MUQDAS (Translated literally as; Built on the Temple!)

Let’s make believe there is no actual depiction of the Roman empire ransacking Jerusalem and stealing the vessels from JEWISH Temple that existed in Jerusalem long before a religion called Islam was born!

Let’s ignore the fact that Muslims face Mecca in prayer and stick their backsides towards Jerusalem, while the Jews always and only face Jerusalem.

Let’s ignore the fact that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Jewish Bible 669 times and the word Zion is mentioned 154 times and the fact that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran even once!

Let’s ignore all those pesky facts and still make believe the UNESCO decision has something to do with countries fighting for human and civil rights.

Here is a list of the countries that voted for the UNESCO decision to delete any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

I gave you the countries that are officially Muslim or have a majority population of Muslims, can you point out which one of these countries have a full democratic government?

The only thing that happened in the recent UNESCO vote is the masks came off. The only people who were surprised about this vote are those who built themselves a fantasy world where the enemies of Israel are actually interested in peace.

The only people upset about this vote are leftists who convinced themselves of some kind of Alice in Wonderland reality where the radical Islamic queen will not cut off their heads if they just give them some land.

The only question that remains is; do the liberal leftists in the world have enough sanity left to actually deal with reality or will they cling on to the fantasy world they built for themselves?


Dear America, England, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and The Netherlands,

Thank you for having the courage to stand up and vote NO to this total fabrication of history and poor excuse for Islamic terrorism. Can you do me a favor?

Can you please stop making believe settlements are the issue and can you please stop accepting the false narrative the Arabs created with which they justify attacking Israel and murdering Jews.

THANK YOU!


Dear America,

Now that you admit Jerusalem has strong historical, religious and national connections to the Jewish people,

would you be so kind to move your embassy to Jerusalem and stop deleting Israel when it comes to Jerusalem!

 


Dear Bibi,

You are a great statesman and thank God you are Prime Minister and not the left wing representatives. You seemed to be very upset with the recent UNESCO decision and sent out several humorous yet angry tweets over the decision.

LOL! Very funny!

Now, would you please cancel your order that does not allow Jewish members of Knesset to go up to the Temple Mount. While we are on the subject, can you please give an order that Jews are no longer to be arrested for praying on the Temple Mount.


Dear Israel,

If we make deals with terrorists and behave as if we owe something to those who have attacked us time and time again, you cannot blame the world for such stupidity, let’s stop making believe we are the bad guys, shall we!

 

@israel_shield

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