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Sunday Rematch: Frum Soccer Winners and their Caribbean ‘Victims’

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The Crown Heights Caribbean soccer players who were destroyed last year by a team of Orthodox Jews are seeking revenge this Sunday. Of course, this is all about good sportsmanship and harmony, as the organizers of “Soccer for Harmony” keep repeating, because in Crown Heights it’s better to repeat those things, just to be on the safe side.

But the truth is that since two Caribbean soccer teams were whipped by a team of Yeshiva students (many of them Israelis, which clarifies the miracle just a bit), the losing teams have been sizzle-itching for this rematch.

Caribbean team Coach Frank Nicholas told the Daily News he’d never known of Jews being involved in soccer at all, much less outplaying their athletic neighbors. “We figured it might be an easy game,” he confessed. “We figured they’re probably not as good. But we got surprised. My guys can learn a lot from them.”

And the Jewish team is ready to teach some more. Sponsored by Mendy’s Crown Heights delicatessen, they’re ready to do some damage Sunday. Nathan Abikasis, 29, told the News: “We are small and skinny, and they’re bigger,” but “we’ve got the technique.”

Come watch this Sunday, at Hamilton Metz Field (Albany/Lefferts Ave.), 2 p.m. – and register for spring soccer beginning in April. Co-ed and girls only/boys only available.

Palestinians Cooking Up New Pallywood Lie, Expert: ‘Show Me the Puppy!’

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

What began as a straight forward news item, based on a report from the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, is now being blown into another blood libel, involving bits of dead bodies and Israeli drones targeting innocent Palestinian children.

Several outlets ran the original story, datelined Sunday, March 11, 2012:

“A Palestinian youth was killed on Sunday after Israeli military aircraft carried out airstrikes on a suspected rocket launch sites near the town of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip.”

It’s a sad story, it’s the stuff of parental nightmares. In the mad violence that surrounds the Gaza strip, born by the inhumane attacks of Palestinian thugs on Israeli civilian targets, every child lost is a bitter casualty.

The IDF spokesperson’s office maintains that “during the course of the latest escalation, at least 20 terrorists and 4 civilians were killed. This is a direct result of terrorist organizations operating from within densely populated areas, deliberately targeting Israeli civilians while endangering Gaza residents.”

In other words, the four unfortunate civilians died because they were standing too close to rocket launching Jihadist teams.

Altogether, some 200 rockets and mortar shells were shot at Israeli civilian populations within a rather large radius of the Gaza strip in the four days that followed Jihadist commander (and Yigal Shalit kidnapper) Zuhir al-Qaisi’s killing.

I visited a kindergarten in Nir Oz, two miles from the border, where a mortar shell had landed outside a kindergarten just one hour before the place would have been filled with toddlers. Palestinian callousness when it comes to targeting children has been part of the public record since before 1967.

Which is why the new campaign being launched these days by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights is so outrageous, it crosses well into the macabre and the cynical in ways that wouldn’t have shamed, say, American comic genius Larry David on a particularly nasty day.

“Trauma of Israeli airstrike haunts Gaza family,” was the headline of a new Ma’an story, which was, really, a heavily scrubbed “update” of their original story.

The traumatized relatives of a 12-year-old boy killed by an Israeli airstrike say they are scared to leave their homes since his death.

“We are scared to go out, and find a part of Ayoub’s body on a tree, in the street, in the garden. Since the attack, we all sleep in the same room, with all the children because we are afraid.”

This is followed by what has to be the Hallmark Card version of war victimization:

Ayoub Asalia was struck by an Israeli drone as he chased a puppy on his way to school in Gaza on March 11.

and:

PCHR said there were no fighters in the area at the time of Ayoub’s killing. The targeting and killing of a child is a war crime, it said in a statement.

It was newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst who coined the phrase: Give me a mother, a baby and a dog, and I’ll give you a magazine cover that sells. This one has it all, except in a chilling, Bizarro World kind of way. You have a mother who is traumatized by the body parts of her baby who was killed chasing a puppy. One gets a sense of a celebration of gore in an appalling deathfest.

The Jewish Press contacted the IDF Spokesperson’s office for details on the specific March 11 incident and received this response:

On Sunday, March 11th, Israeli aircraft targeted rocket launching pits that had been used by terrorist organizations to launch rockets. During this targeting, an uninvolved civilian who had initially been observed near the launch site in what appeared to be preparations for a rocket launch, was hit. While the IDF regrets non-combatant casualties, it is ultimately the responsibility of the Hamas and other terror organizations, who operate from within densely populated areas and render Gaza civilians as human shields.

The location that had been targeted had been the launch site of numerous rockets during the previous days, including rockets  targeting the Israeli cities of Ashdod, Gan Yavne and Beer Sheva. Intelligence indications also suggested that a terrorist was en route to the site to launch additional rockets.

A source in the IDF southern front confirmed that the civilian in question was, indeed, a child, who was killed while playing near the rocket launching pits.

Leave it up to the PCHR to turn a story of parents whose child ran off into a deadly zone, into a story of Israeli drones chasing after children and their puppies.

That version of the story is entirely made up, says author Barry Shaw, founder of the Netanya Terror Victims organization, whose new book “Israel – Reclaiming the Narrative” promotes effective ways of responding to Palestinian propaganda.

“I’ve been fighting for years the lies and the frauds of the Palestinian narrative,” Shaw told the Jewish Press. “The Palestinians should tell us, was the drone aiming at the puppy or the kid?”

Healing Under Fire: How Ashkelon’s Barzilay Medical Center Coped with Four Days of Rockets

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Soft spoken and friendly, Barzilay Medical Center CEO and Medical Director Dr. Chezy Levy faces extremely unusual professional challenges, born by his facility’s unique location – only a few miles north of the Gaza strip.

“What we’ve experienced in the last four days is another wave of violence in this area,” he recalled one day after a tenuous cease fire between the Islamic Jihad and Israel had gone into effect. A lot of missiles fell here.”

Altogether, the four days of fighting in mid-March, 2012, saw some 200 rockets being launched at Israel’s southern population centers, compared with about 800 rockets over the entire three weeks of operation Cast Lead of late 2008, early 2009.

“Barzilay is the only hospital in the region, and so, in addition to our routine service in every area of medicine, like any ordinary hospital, we also have to be prepared year-round to treat civilians who were wounded by those missiles from the Gaza strip, and treat additional casualties from the military,” said Levy.

He used to be the IDF Surgeon General, and so dealing with emergencies, “unfortunately,” as he frequently puts it, is his bread and butter. “We, doctors, live in Israel with one eye looking at ordinary medical service, and the other eye always ready and alert in anticipation of emergencies. This is, unfortunately, why Israel has such expertise in operating medical facilities in emergency times.”

Barzilay Medical Center CEO and Medical Director Dr. Chezy Levy oversees operations while the rockets from Gaza are flying outside.

Barzilay Medical Center CEO and Medical Director Dr. Chezy Levy oversees operations while the rockets from Gaza are flying outside.

Early on the Sunday following the eruption of the short, but massive conflict, Dr. Levy sent word to his entire staff to forgo all leaves and come in. This was not simple, since schools had been closed as a result of the fighting, and many of his nurses are mothers to school age and smaller children. Nevertheless, he said, they all showed up, because “they are very devoted to the patients and the hospital.”

In my work as local reporter in NY City, I once covered the way Gouverneur Medical Center on the Lower East Side operated during a particularly fierce blizzard. Staff members walked many blocks across town in snow up to their knees, to get to a subway that was still operating, to make it to work. I know first hand this kind of dedication of medical staff. But this one required working under fire and leaving one’s children in someone else’s care while the shells were coming down. Beats a blizzard.

“We had to decide which patients to transfer to our better protected facilities,” Dr. Levy explained what working under fire actually took. “This hospital is quite old and there are some shielded buildings, but most aren’t. Unfortunately, we are well used to this, since we’ve been targeted by missiles, on and off, for more than ten years now. And as time passes, the Gazan missiles are becoming more and more sophisticated, and Ashkelon is now regularly within the range of the shooting.”

He said this had been the fourth time in which the shelling was so bad and ongoing, they had to transfer patients to other, better protected buildings.

“Our choice is to first move those patients who can’t help themselves,” he continued. “So we took, first of all, the premature babies and put them in the shielded area.”

He smiled softly. “You should have seen  them transporting a premature baby in the incubator, while resuscitating it on the way…”

Then they took the newborn babies. Then they moved the pediatric ward, the dialysis patients, and patients receiving ontological treatment.

The very old, geriatric patients who can’t help themselves were transferred outside the region, to facilities up north.

Ashkelon's Barzilay Medical Center meets the challenges of living next door to the Gaza strip, Grad rockets and all.

Ashkelon's Barzilay Medical Center meets the challenges of living next door to the Gaza strip, Grad rockets and all.

“We transferred about 100 patients, or 20% of the patient population, most of them to protected hospital units, some to ambulatory services,” he reported, sighing: “It took four to five hours to move all the critical equipment and to open the new, protected ward.”

Dr. Levy said he and his staff were debating whether or not to transfer the emergency room to the shielded buildings, and in the end decided against it. The alternative location is just not convenient enough for the kind of fast-pace, hectic work that goes on when an ER is taking patients from massive rocket hits.

Fleeing Islamists to US, Omar Sharif’s Grandson Comes Out as Gay and Jewish

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

“I write this article in fear,” starts Omar Sharif Jr.’s revelatory article in the Advocate, which dishes out coming out stories to fit every pallet. This one involves an Egyptian TV and screen actor, grandson of a Hollywood legend, who fled his homeland for the safety of America. And he’s probably Jewish, too.

His coming out has taken place against a background of “fear for my country, fear for my family, and fear for myself. My parents will be shocked to read it, surely preferring I stay in the shadows and keep silent, at least for the time being.”

He left an Egypt that is becoming progressively intolerant of all kinds of minorities, as extremist Muslim parties have gained absolute majority in Parliament. He confides:

“I write this article despite the inherent risks associated because as we stand idle at what we hoped would be the pinnacle of Egyptian modern history, I worry that a fall from the top could be the most devastating. I write, with healthy respect for the dangers that may come, for fear that Egypt’s Arab Spring may be moving us backward, not forward.

“And so I hesitantly confess: I am Egyptian, I am half Jewish, and I am gay.”

Actually, since his mother is the Jewish, the tormented star is a Jew. So now he has two very good reasons not to go home.

Mayor Bloomberg to the Homeless: No Cholent for You!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Former pro-Soviet Jewry activist and local Upper West Side all around tzadik Glenn Richter has been collecting food from the Ohav Zedek synagogue and similar institutions and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently, when he attempted to bring a traditional Shabbat cholent leftovers from a shul kiddush, he was refused on account of the Bloomberg administration’s decree against giving too much  salt, fat and fiber to the homeless.

And the same goes for… bagels! How can you outlaw leftover bagels — in New York?

Richter told CBS News: “My father lived to 97; my grandfather lived to 97, and they all enjoyed it and somehow we’re being told that this is no good… I think there is a degree of management that becomes micromanagement and when you cross that line simply what you’re doing is wrong.”

Such a gentle soul. I would think the mayor needed to be told the homeless’ chief source of suffering is not too much salt, but too little home. Are you kidding me?

But, according to CBS News, Mayor Bloomberg, a salt-aholic himself, was unapologetic.

“For the things that we run because of all sorts of safety reasons, we just have a policy it is my understanding of not taking donations,” Bloomberg said.

If Bloomberg doesn’t run for a fourth term (you know he’s at least thinking about it), New Yorkers should vote for a new mayor who cares a little less. Or how about one term with no mayor at all? Could only improve things.

 

Tuesday’s Senate Vote Amid Accusations of Neo-Nazism and General Nastiness

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Following the resignation of State Senator Carl Kruger, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges, voters in Brooklyn’s 27th District, which includes Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Mill Basin and Midwood, are choosing his successor in a special election. Both candidates, City Councilman Lewis A. Fidler, Democrat from Sheepshead Bay, and David Storobin, Republican from Brighton Beach, have not discussed the issues confronting the district, so much as exchanged wild and nasty accusations regarding Storobin’s affiliations with… neo-Nazis.

According to a NY Times report from early February, the Democratic front-runner said his challenger had neo-Nazi ties. Now, mind you, both candidates are Jewish.

Speaking in the middle of a very noisy bar back in January, Councilman Fidler told the assembled (and a tad inebriated) Young Democrats “The Republicans in the State Senate are going to drop a half a million dollars behind some guy who I laid eyes on for the first time tonight – first time, I go to a lot of meetings and [this was the] first time I ever saw David Storobin – a guy who can’t even fess up to what he writes on his web pages anymore and is busy scrubbing what little history he has because he’s embarrassed about his ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups because the Republicans had no idea who they were putting on the ballot.”

Yeshiva World published a retort by Storobin that went: “From the start of his campaign for State Senate, Lew Fidler has engaged in nasty, vicious and false negative attacks against me. Realizing that he stands against traditional marriage, against vouchers, in favor of abortions, in favor of higher taxes and otherwise out of step with the people of the district, Mr. Fidler knew that he cannot appeal to the voters by discussing issues. As such, his campaign and its supporters resorted to character assassination.

“They said that I was tied to the Nazis. They questioned whether I’m really Jewish. They’ve attacked my profession as an attorney with a false smear. They’ve even repeatedly attacked my mother with words I won’t write here.”

Storobin proceeded to state that he was born in the Soviet Union. “My grandparents were born into frum families,” but the communists robbed the family of its Yiddishkeit. He even inserted a prooftext memoir: “My maternal grandfather Pinchus knew how to be a shohet, but the only thing we knew is that he would buy and prepare the chicken during important events.”

The Times noted that after his videotaped remark had gone a little more viral than he had expected, Fidler sent out a press release asking Storobin to explain “his connection to white supremacist groups” whose websites he had linked to his articles, and to republish the articles themselves, which Fidler claimed had “disappeared from the blog’s archive.”

In the end Fidler revised a bit, saying he should have used the word “links” rather than “ties.” And by links he meant “hyperlinks” on a browser page, rather than, well, ties.

This week the Jewish Press endorsed Lew Fidler For State Senate, saying that “he has ably represented the interests of his Orthodox Jewish constituents and deserves their support.”

See also:

Fidler/Strobin Debate for the 27th District Race

‘I Will Absolutely Fight For You’: An Interview With Would-Be State Senate Candidate David Storobin

 

Lew Fidler Says Dems Must Win State Senate Campaign To Teach GOP A Lesson

 

‘Nose Job’ El-Balkimy, Egyptian MP, Loses Parliamentary Immunity

Monday, March 19th, 2012

What do you have to do as an Egyptian Member of Parliament to earn the nickname Nose Job? Anwar El-Balkimy, of the Salafist Nour Party (that means he’s sooo religious, he has one regular prayer rug and a special one for yomim tovim), told everybody he had been beaten and robbed of LE100,000 by thugs on 29 February. But according to Al Ahram, it was later discovered that his facial injuries were caused by cosmetic surgery on his nose.

Not a smart move in a deeply Semitic country such as Egypt. So much so that a Parliament’s legislative committee on Sunday approved a move to lift parliamentary immunity from the poor guy.

Are you getting the feeling the Jpress is doing too many of these nose-jobs-going-funny-places lately? Me too, and I write them!

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