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Tamar Yonah Show – The World, 15 Years After the 9-11 Attack [audio]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

It’s been 15 years now after the 9-11 attack on the United States. Where is the World now, in the course of history? Are we safer now than we were then? And if not, why? What mistakes is the world making in quelling the terror?

Tamar speaks with Shifra Hoffman of VictimsOfArabTerror.org and Shuva.net as they cover the news in Israel and around the world. Also, INTR’s Technician ‘The K-Man’ has returned from a trip to Sweden. Tamar talks to him about traveling on the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Plus, listeners call in and give their take on the security situation of the world today.

The Tamar Yonah Show 11Sept2016 – PODCAST

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Dead Arabs Don’t Matter to the World — Unless Israel Killed Them

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, Emet m’Tsiyon}

The hypocrisy of the major world powers, of those who dominate the international mass media, is long known. Khaled Abu Toameh reminds us once again of how cynical the world media, most of it Western, can be. Abu Toameh points out how international journalists and international “human rights” bodies –the ones that are always dragging their halos around– customarily overlook Arab victims whose sufferings have nothing to do with Israel. The purpose is to smear and hurt Israel… If a particular case of suffering cannot be attributed to Israel then it is hardly worth writing about.
In line with this of course is that the Palestinian Arab suffering that is deemed worthy of attention is only that of Arabs in Judea-Samaria, not that of those in Syria to be sure, since that suffering cannot be blamed on Israel. Nor does the Palestinian Authority –Mahmoud Abbas’ statelet on the way– care about any of this. Even those who speak in the name of the Palestinian Arabs care little about the suffering of Palestinian Arabs that cannt be blamed on Israel.

Here are some highlishts of Abu Toameh’s essay:

    Nearly 3,500 Palestinians have been killed in Syria since 2011. But because these Palestinians were killed by Arabs, and not Israelis, this fact is not news in the mainstream media or of interest to “human rights” forums.

  • International media outlets regularly report on the “water crisis” in Palestinian towns and villages, especially in the West Bank. This is a story that repeats itself almost every summer, when some foreign journalists set out to search for any story that reflects negatively on Israel. And there is nothing more comfortable than holding Israel responsible for the “water crisis” in the West Bank.
  • But how many Western journalists have cared to inquire about the thirsty Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria? Does anyone in the international community know that this camp has been without water supply for more than 720 days? Or that the camp has been without electricity for the past three years?
  • When Western journalists lavish time on Palestinians delayed at Israeli checkpoints, and ignore bombs dropped by the Syrian military on residential areas,  one might start to wonder [what] they are really about.

Since the issue of Israeli water supplies to Arabs in Judea-Samaria became a major topic for international news agencies and “human rights” agencies in the past few years, let’s look at Abu Toameh’s information. He explains that whether or not Arabs, or Palestinian Arabs specifically, are deprived of water is of little concern to them. Again, the issue is what can be blamed on Israel reasonably, or even unreasonably very often.

International media outlets regularly report on the “water crisis” in Palestinian towns and villages, especially in the West Bank. This is a story that repeats itself almost every summer, when some foreign journalists set out to search for any story that reflects negatively on Israel. And there is nothing more comfortable than holding Israel responsible for the “water crisis” in the West Bank.

But how many Western journalists have cared to inquire about the thirsty Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria? Does anyone in the international community know that this camp has been without water supply for more than 720 days? Or that the camp has been without electricity for the past three years? Yarmouk, which is located only eight kilometers from the center of Damascus, is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. That is, it was the largest camp. In June 2002, 112,000 Palestinians lived in Yarmouk. By the end of 2014, the camp population had been decimated to less than 20,000. Medical sources say many of the residents of the camp are suffering from a host of diseases.

Just bear in mind that there is no reason to rely on the international media or the self-styled “human rights” agencies.

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Emet m' Tsiyon

It´s A Small World After All

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

One of my favorite Disney theme park rides and songs is definitely “It´s a Small World,” with its colorful twirling dolls and sweet lyrics respectively. I always found the combination to be very relaxing and uplifting at one and the same time.

While on the subject of a few of my favorite things, another of my best-loved pastimes is the wonderful series of Small Miracles books that I have read and reread multiple times over the years. And among the stories I most enjoyed are the dating and marriage tales where the Divine hand is clearly visible. I vividly remember one in which the spouses somehow appear in each other’s photos years before they actually meet, and another in which the couple’s paths cross at a holy site designated for praying for one’s mate.

So I feel especially blessed that I have experienced both the small world phenomenon and the pre-destined shidduch reality, all in one obviously bashert bit of matchmaking.

Being that we moved 15 times over the course of the first 30 years of our marriage, it should come as no surprise that we have met quite a few people of all stripes in various cities and countries across the globe. My husband, especially, regularly bumps into students he has taught in his many decades of chinuch, as well as teachers who have taught for him in his seventeen years of being a school principal.

So it was far from shocking when he discovered that a rebbe/assistant principal who had worked with him for several years a couple of decades ago now resides in our very same Anglo neighborhood in the Holy Land. In fact, my husband was honored to receive a kibud at that rebbe’s son´s bris in a local shul shortly after we arrived.

Whenever the two of them meet, they routinely exchange warm greetings and catch each other up on their respective family’s latest developments.

That is how they recently found out that each of them had a child in the parsha – we a 22-year-old-son and they a 20-year-old daughter. A cute piece of trivia, but not all that unusual.

Months later, however, when the kids´ names had already been redt to each other a few times by a number of shadchanim, they decided that they may as well give it a shot.

The rest, as they say, is history.

We already knew that her Dad had taught for ours, and that a couple of our older children had been his students. Likewise, we still remembered a sampling of anecdotes from those years that illustrated what a chevra-man he was. And my husband recalled him as being a born educator, unfortunately an all-too-rare breed.

What we did not remember was that this particular daughter was the only one of their seven children to be born in that city during the time that her father taught there. And that yours truly prepared a full-course dinner for her family to welcome her into the world (and presumably to help the new mother at the same time). That, to my mind, is a classic example of ¨Shlach lachmecha al pnei hamayim…¨ (Cast your bread upon the waters…) in a most literal sense. In exchange for a postpartum meal, we ended up with a new daughter-in-law some 20 years later! Quite a return on our investment, to say the least.

The other bonus is that all the parents already knew and liked their prospective mechutanim, and the shidduch fit like a comfortable leather glove.

Incredibly, both families later came across long-forgotten pictures of the other in their photo albums (echoes of Small Miracles): One of our Abba holding the new baby at the aforementioned bris of the kallah´s younger brother, and a couple of the kallah´s siblings, proudly dressed in their Purim costumes, featured in their former principal’s collection. And no doubt there are other similar proofs of ongoing yad Hashem moments yet to be discovered.

Naama Klein

71-Years Ago One Bomb On Hiroshima Changed The World

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Seventy-one  years ago this past Saturday, August 6, the world changed. With the dropping of one bomb mankind had finally found a weapon that could wipe out the entire population, literally at once.

The United States had been working on developing an atomic weapon, after having been warned by Albert Einstein that Nazi Germany was already conducting research into nuclear weapons. By the time the United States conducted the first successful test (July 1945), Germany had already been defeated. The war against Japan was still being fought.

President Harry S. Truman was warned his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in a horrific number of deaths–up to a million. So he ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end.

On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced five square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. Tens of thousands more died in the following weeks from wounds and radiation poisoning.

On August 9th, three days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people.

A few days later, Japan finally announced its surrender.

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Lately there has been much revisionist history about the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some say that Japan was poised to surrender before these horrible weapons were dropped, that Truman did not have to use the Atomic Bomb. If this was the case no one told Truman– no one told the Japanese Emperor either.
At noon on August 15, 1945, the Emperor of Japan announced Japan’s surrender over the radio. This was the first time in history the people of Japan had ever heard their Emperor’s voice. He blamed the surrender on the horrible new weapon.

The enemy, moreover, has begun to employ a new most cruel bomb, the power which to do damage is indeed incalculable, taking toll of many innocent lives. Should we continue to fight, it would only result in the ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation . . . but would lead also to the total extinction of human civilization. Such being the case, how are we to save millions of our subjects, or ourselves, to atone before the hallowed spirits of our Imperial ancestors? This is the reason we have ordered the acceptance of the provisions of the joint declaration of the Powers.

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Soon after the US developed their atomic bomb others developed the weapon. In 1949 the world was horrified as Soviet Russia tested an atomic weapon. The world settled into what eventually became known as mutually assured destruction (MAT). No nation wanted to use nuclear weapons because any first strike could be answered with an equally destructive response.

Over seven decades later there are nine countries that have gone nuclear. Along with the U.S. there is Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel (although officially Israel will not say whether or not they have nuclear weapons). Beyond those we know that Iran is close to the weapon, and since the P5+1 deal was announced, Saudi Arabia has been shopping for the technology.

The use of the atomic bomb to end WWII was as horrible as it was necessary. Two bombs ended up killing over two hundred thousand people, wounding countless others (and that doesn’t even include the birth defects) but it was still much less than what a land invasion would have caused.

By seeing the destruction, the repugnant human devastation of this weapon mankind may have worked even harder never to use it again. Thankfully in the seventy one years since, no country has dared to use these horrific weapons whose killing power has been refined and expanded.  But that may change as Iran whose leaders see a nuclear holocaust as a way to bring the Muslim version of the messiah, moves toward the bomb which it may use itself or share with its terrorist partners. Sadly the Obama administration seems to naive to stop that from happening.

Jeff Dunetz

Hope For A World Gone Astray

Friday, August 5th, 2016

No nation knows sorrow like the Jewish Nation. No people has suffered like the Jewish People. No god has been slandered and defamed throughout history like the God of the Jews.

Yet not only did the Jews endure; we thrived and prospered. Each time a new enemy arose to cut us down, like a plant pruned for new growth, we blossomed anew. There was suffering; there was sorrow. The “cup” of Jewish tears truly overflows, but we hold fast and firm. Eternal People that we are, we persevere.

Ganz-080516-HallelYet this last month in Israel was crushing. In a frenzy of hatred, thirteen-year-old Hallel Ariel was brutally stabbed to death in her bed in Kiryat Arba. Shortly after, in the latest horror in the two-hundred-year old Arab crusade against the Jewish people in the Holy Land, the beloved Mark family from Otniel were gunned down in their car. Both Hallel and Rabbi Mark were added to a long list of Jews killed al Kiddush Hashem.

Rabbi Mark’s wife Chavi was hurt badly; two of their ten children were wounded. Chavi survived but has a long haul in front of her. (Please continue to daven for Chava Rachel bat Ayelet Hashachar.) The children are, baruch Hashem, not in danger. Shuki Gilboa, a security man who fought the terrorist that killed Hallel, lost an eye but has finally been released from the hospital.

People learn to deal with tragedy. They live through natural disasters, terrible as they may be. They pick up the pieces as best they can and go on with life. We in Israel are “used to” hatred and violence, but we are not immune. Each additional disaster wreaks havoc anew. We find ourselves shuffling the confusing pieces in the puzzle of life, trying to keep our emunah intact and our belief in an All-Powerful, Benevolent God alive and in good condition. We want to serve Him with love and joy. But who can wholly eliminate the niggling thoughts…? How can God allow this to happen to such wonderful people? Is a child not safe in her bed? Can a family not travel safely on the roads? Are we to forever be a lamb among the wolves? After suffering through the Holocaust, have we not suffered enough? When will we finally sit peacefully, each family under its vine and fig tree? Are we not yet entitled to greet Mashiach? What unsettling thoughts! Yet our Father in Heaven knows that we, His children, are seeking His support and understanding.Ganz-080516-Rabbi-Mark

Jews are rachmanim bnei rachmanim. We are instinctively merciful – often (and often foolishly!) even to our enemies. When confronted with grief or misfortune, we immediately sigh, empathize and try to mitigate the suffering. Unfortunately, today, when the world seems engulfed in hatred, violence and angst, we have countless opportunities to sympathize. Nonetheless, there is a limit to how much suffering one can carry in one’s heart.

This is why I rarely get excited about events in Libya, Turkey, England or Iraq. Or America. Fifty years in Israel have given me enough to think about without trying to solve Uncle Sam’s problems. (Is there still an Uncle Sam?) I wish my American friends and relatives well and I pray for the welfare of the United States. That’s the most I can do, so I sigh and move on. The bulk of my energies are reserved for problems closer to home.

Nonetheless, this past year, America has filled my mind, my heart and my computer screen. As I follow the unbelievable election news I can only pray that God has some undreamed of surprise up His sleeve, so to speak – that Americans will not be forced to choose between what the media has dubbed “the election between the Clown or the Crook.” I mourn for the great ideal and country that America was… and could be.

Yaffa Ganz

Maj. Gen. Mordechai to World Vision: ‘Assume Responsibility and Set your House in Order’

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, expressed sharp criticism in his meeting Thursday evening with senior staff of World Vision, who are currently in Israel. The Coordinator conveyed the need for the organization to publicly condemn the incident and assume responsibility immediately.

The Coordinator presented to the organization the findings and confession from Mohammed El Halbi’s interrogation regarding his exploitation of the organization’s donations for Hamas’s military wing. The WV representatives emphasized that it renounces any support, direct or indirect, for Hamas, and intends to operate transparently and in coordination with COGAT, as required.

But World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello told the Guardian Thursday that his charity was “mystified” by the charges, because independent audits had found the charity’s programs in Palestine were “clean.”

Costello told Guardian Australia: “I want to reassure Australians that World Vision’s money in Gaza is being spent on reducing poverty for Palestinian people, not terrorism.”

David Israel

World Vision Collusion with Hamas Throws Harsh Light on Its Israeli Partner NGOs

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Eugene Kontorovich, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and an expert on constitutional and international law, tweeted Thursday night, following the indictment of the director of the World Vision charity in Gaza for diverting to terrorist ends the millions in charity contributions from evangelical Christians intended to support Gaza’s indigent population, noted Thursday night that WV was not an innocent bystander in this story of deception and terror. He pointed to a World Vision official publication titled, “Advancing a Just Peace in the Holy Land,” which states clearly:

“WV is committed to supporting initiatives, whether exclusively Palestinian, Israeli, or joint, operating from a framework of ‘coresistance.’ We welcome Israeli actions that resist the occupation and work towards restoring rights for Palestinians living in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Clearly, despite their hectic claims to the contrary, WV saw its mission in Gaza, Judea and Samaria as going much farther than feeding the children of the Holy Land, as its Australian CEO claimed Thursday.

Kontorovich then asked, speaking of innocent bystanders, “Can Israeli ‘human rights’ organizations that are World Vision’s ‘partners’ in ‘co-resistance’ please comment on that partnership?”

The same WV publication lists the charity’s numerous local partners in supposedly improving the lives of the suffering civilian population in Gaza. In a separate section headlined “OUR PARTNERS,” the charity lists “a number of local Israeli and Palestinian partners” with whom it collaborates, “along with international partners,” on “advocacy campaigns that focus on issues affecting the wellbeing of children in the Holy Land.”

We’ve already learned from the state prosecutor on Thursday that the work carried out by World Vision’s director and staff had nothing to do with the wellbeing of those children, but supported instead the murder of Jewish children and other Jewish civilians on the other side of Israel’s border. Now it’s time to examine who was in cahoots on the ground with the Hamas-run organization, and they should conceivably provide a record of their activities with Mohammed El Halabi, the Hamas-member director of the charity in Gaza.

Would a Knesset committee assemble the following NGOs’ representative for a hearing on their ties with El Halabi? According to World Vision, these NGOs are:

B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Hamoked, ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions), Rabbis for Human Rights, as well as local advocacy partners in “Palestine,” such as the Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ma’an Development Center, and Grassroots Jerusalem.

Israeli legislators and policymakers should find out the extent of the cooperation between these organizations and the man who was central to the advocacy campaign against Israel in the past decade, and who was also an agent for a major terror organization condemned by the civilized world.

David Israel

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