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Israel Dispatches Help, Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar (Burma)

May 7, 2008

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Following last weekend’s deadly cyclone in Myanmar, which has left at least 22,500 dead, the IsrAid organization, which sends help to foreign countries in need, will be sending to Myanmar a highly trained search-and-rescue team and a 10-member team of doctors and nurses. The teams will bring with them crucial supplies, including plastic sheeting, food, household appliances and water filters.

The Foreign Ministry will be sending an initial $100,000 aid package comprising medicine and medical equipment to Myanmar in the next few days. The emergency aid relief is a combined effort with the Jewish Joint Organization. However, Israel is planning to send additional aid to Myanmar soon.

This is not the first time Israel has offered humanitarian aid to foreign countries. Israel always offers its help after natural disasters, even though, at time, its offer is declined. Other times, such as the Tsunami several years ago, earthquakes in Turkey, the Congo, and Vietnam.

Israel also takes medical care both of foreigners, such as Iraqis, and Palestinians.

To those of you who think Israel is taking care of everyone but the Palestinians, Israel has never stopped giving humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, even in light of the terrorist attacks that constantly occur at the crossings whose sole purposes are to pass humanitarian aid into Gaza.

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Israel Helps Sick Gazans

May 1, 2008

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This isn’t news to me, but since it is most likely news to most, I thought I’d post about this.

I have actually made a few posts in the past about medical procedures performed in Israel on Palestinians, but yesterday the BBC, known to be very anti-Israel, published a nicely balanced article about the issue. Here are some excerpts from the article. I urge you to read it in its entirely if you can.

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An Israeli Apartheid – Debunked. Part 2 – History of Israeli Equality Laws

April 28, 2008

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This is part 2 of my series debunking the myth of an Israeli apartheid.

An Israeli Apartheid – Debunked. Part 1 – Definitions and History

History of Israeli Equality Laws

Long before the State of Israel was established, Jewish leaders, among them David Ben Gurion who would become the first prime minister of Israel, consciously made the decision to try to avoid the situation in South Africa as much as possible. Ben Gurion told Palestinian nationalist Musa Alami in 1934:

We do not want to create a situation like that which exists in South Africa, where whites are the owners and rulers, and the blacks are the workers. If we do not do all kinds of work, easy and hard, skilled and unskilled, if we become merely landlords, then this will not be our homeland. (Shabtai Teveth, Ben Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs: From Peace to War.)

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An Israeli Aparheid – Debunked. Part 1 – Definitions and History

April 27, 2008

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There were quite a few comments on my recent post (most of which I could not allow to be posted, not because I disagree, but because of the language/ill-wishing in them). I actually posted a couple of replies to some of the comments I did allow, but there was so much to it I decided to write a post about it. Since there is a lot of ground to cover, I will post it in parts.

I am including some of what I wrote in the comments – feel free to read the comments in their entirety here.
I’d like to begin by saying that by NO means am I saying Israel is perfect and without its problems and faults. Neither is the US (Abu Gharib, anyone?)

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Are Palestinians Shooting Themselves in the Foot – Again?

April 19, 2008

About a week ago, I posted a commentary about the Palestinians’ inability to make up their minds. On the one hand, they yell and scream humanitarian crisis – even if it’s proven to be untrue – and on the other hand they can be blamed – at least partially – for their own situation, inasmuch as they insist on infiltrating Israel at border crossings that provide humanitarian aid and killing innocent Israelis.

Today they’re at it again. This morning, several terrorists blew up car bombs and began shooting at soldiers who serve at the crossing, in a failed attempt to kidnap more Israeli soldiers. Hamas took responsibility for this attack where 13 soldiers were injured.

Yes, Hamas – the government.

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Ethical Question: Let Pregnant Woman Through Border Crossings?

April 14, 2008

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In itself, the answer is yes. Why wouldn’t you let a pregnant woman go through your borders to a hospital? Imagine the following situation:

You are an 18-year-old soldier commanding a checkpoint in Israel. An ambulance arrives, and inside is a woman who is seemingly pregnant. The woman appears to be in pain and her husband is also highly anxious. But you have been warned about an ambulance bearing a pregnant woman who is not really pregnant.

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Palestinians Feign Humanitarian Crisis? Hamas Lies? Impossible!

April 13, 2008

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I SO saw this coming.

Following last week’s terrorist attack that left 2 Israelis dead at one of the crossings used by Israel to transfer humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, Israel shut down said crossing, at least temporarily. I already covered the ridiculousness of the whole attack – torpedoing your own people’s survival, so I won’t repeat it (feel free to read it though).

Now the Palestinians are yelling humanitarian crisis to whoever will listen. There are two levels to this statement. First – it is untrue. Second – can you honestly blame Israel for shutting down the crossing?

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Are Palestinians Against Receiving Aid? They’re Shooting Themselves in the Foot

April 10, 2008

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Yesterday’s terrorist attack was different than most. Not just because “only” two people were killed (talk to their families – see if they care that it was “only” two). In case you don’t know, 4 Palestinians snuck into Israel yesterday and murdered two Israelis who were working at a fuel terminal close to the border. It is believed that they were looking to kidnap Israelis.

The Palestinian gunmen took advantage of Israel’s eases on roadblocks. As part of an agreement made when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Israel, Israel eased many restrictions on the Palestinians, including opening up a checkpoint and removing 50 roadblocks.

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Israeli Consessions: Palestinian City, Less Roadblocks, New Industrial Zones

March 31, 2008

Defense Minister Edud Barak met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and presented her with a 35-page booklet of good faith concessions that Israel will make in the near future.

Among those are the building of a new Palestinian city, or several neighborhoods, near Ramallah, financed by Jordanian businessmen, which is to be inhabited by tens of thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to ease the housing shortage in the area.

Other gestures, meant to show Israel’s seriousness and commitment to peace, without harming the security of Israel’s citizens, includes the removal of the Mevo Horon outpost, in addition to another two that were already removed (these are illegal settlements).

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A Beautiful Murderer

March 30, 2008

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I received this by email. I Googled it and found out that it has been published several times on different blogs, but I feel the topic is important enough to publish again. Hopefully others will do the same. This letter was written by the family of Malki Roth.

[Several months ago,] the New York Times carried a review of a film called “Hot House” that goes inside Israeli prisons and examines the lives of Palestinian prisoners. We’re not recommending the film or the review. But we do want to share our feelings with you about the beaming female face that adorns the article.

Murderer

The film is produced by HBO. So it’s presumably HBO’s publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamor-style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie.

That female is our child’s murderer.

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Israeli Film “Lemon Tree” to be Distributed in US

March 30, 2008

Eran Riklis’s award-winning movie, Lemon Tree, will soon be hitting US cinemas. “Lemon Tree,” which recently won the 10th Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Festival, has been purchased for distribution by US company IFC Films.

The movie was also purchased for screening in several other international cities in Europe and other international locations including Canada, Korean, Taiwan, and South American countries.

According to Ynet,

“Lemon Tree” tells the story of a Palestinian widow living next to the Israeli border, who is forced to chop down her cherished lemon grove to accommodate the security demands for the Israeli defense minister and his family who live right across the border from her. The widow fights the decision in court, but ultimately fails.

I haven’t actually watched the movie yet since it only came out this weekend, but if anyone has, let me know how it was.

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From a Sudanese African in Israel – An Israeli Apartheid?

March 26, 2008

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This is a repost from This is Israel. Posted by A Soldier’s Mother, this is a letter from a Sudanese refuge who is now living in Israel. For those of you who don’t know, Israel opened its borders to thousands of Sudanese refugees who are mostly living in the south of the country. For those of you who are convinced Israel is an apartheid, I urge you to read this letter and pass on the link to everyone you know.

A reality check for Bishop Tutu from a Sudanese African in Israel
Disappearance of Bishop Tutu

By Simon Deng

Late last month, I went to hear Bishop Desmond Tutu speak at Boston’s Old South Church at a conference on “Israel Apartheid.” Tutu is a well respected man of God. He brought reconciliation between blacks and whites in South Africa. That he would lead a conference that damns the Jewish state is very disturbing to me.

The State of Israel is not an apartheid state. I know because I write this from Jerusalem where I have seen Arab mothers peacefully strolling with their families even though I also drove on Israeli roads protected by walls and fences from Arab bullets and stones. I know Arabs go to Israeli schools and get the best medical care in the world.

I know they vote and have elected representatives to the Israeli Parliament. I see street signs in Arabic, an official language here. None of this was true for blacks under Apartheid in Tutu’s South Africa.

I also know countries that do deserve the apartheid label: My country, Sudan, is on the top of the list, but so are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. What has happened to my people in Sudan is a thousand times worse than apartheid in South Africa. And no matter how the Palestinians suffer, they suffer nothing compared to my people. Nothing. And most of the suffering is the fault of their leaders.

Bishop Tutu, I see black Jews walking down the street here in Jerusalem. Black like us, free and proud. Tutu said Israeli checkpoints are a nightmare. But checkpoints are there because Palestinians are sent into Israel to blow up and kill innocent women and children. Tutu wants checkpoints removed. Do you not have doors in your home, Bishop? Does that make your house an apartheid house? If someone, Heaven forbid, tried to enter with a bomb, we would want you to have security people “humiliating” your guests with searches, and we would not call you racist for doing so. We all go through checkpoints at every airport. Are the airlines being racist? No.

Yes, the Palestinians are inconvenienced at checkpoints. But why, Bishop Tutu, do you care more about that incovenience than about Jewish lives?

Bishop, when you used to dance for Mandela’s freedom, we Africans all over Africa joined in. Our support was key in your freedom. But when children in Burundi and Kinshasa, all the way to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in particular in Sudan, cried and called for rescue, you heard but chose to be silent.

Today, black children are enslaved in Sudan, the last place in the continent of Africa where humans are owned by other humans. I was part of the movement to stop slavery in Mauritania, which just now abolished the practice. But you were not with us, Bishop Tutu.

So where is Desmond Tutu when my people call out for freedom?Slaughter and genocide and slavery are lashing Africans right now.Where are you for Sudan, Bishop Tutu? You are busy attacking the Jewish state. Why?

Simon Deng, a native of the Shiluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, is an escaped jihad slave and a leading human rights activist.

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Facebook Update

March 20, 2008

So this was actually publicized yesterday, but I didn’t have the time to update the blog. So here goes.

Following much controversy surrounding Facebook’s changing some Israeli towns to Palestine instead of Israel, Facebook is now giving people the choice between listing Israel or Palestine for their towns. In itself, this seems like a great thing, right? All is right with the world?

Not so much. This doesn’t change the fact that Ariel, Ma’ale Adumin, etc. will never be Palestine. Like I mentioned in my previous post about Facebook, were these towns to be part of a future Palestinian state, they would surely not keep the Hebrew names these towns have.

So what have we achieved here exactly? It seems that Facebook, in light of much controversy regarding taking sides of political conflicts, is trying to be as parve (neither here nor there) as they can. In the process, they are making some decisions that do not make sense. I understand giving the choice between Israel and Palestine for Hebron (leaving aside the fact that technically there is no such country as Palestine at the moment), but how can you compare Hebron (a predominantly Palestinian territory with very few Jewish settlers) to a town that is made up only of Israelis (Jewish, Arabic, or otherwise)?

Ariel, Ma’ale Adumim, and other Israeli towns will NEVER be part of a Palestine. Were these towns to be given to the Palestinians under any future agreement (and these particular towns are not up for negotiation, but this is not the point here), the towns, as they are, would cease to exist and new Palestinian towns would rise over them with PALESTINIAN names.

Be a bit sensible, Facebook.

It’s time to take care of the hate groups now. You know, those who advocate for killing any Israelis overseas (it seems the group has been shut down, thankfully) and the one praising the murderer of the 8 kids at Merkaz Harav a couple of weeks ago (still up).

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Go to Sleep in Israel, Wake Up in Palestine

March 14, 2008

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Update to this post here.

I’m sorry, what?

It appears that a resident of Ma’ale Adumin found out that his city is listed on Facebook as part of Palestine. Facebook no longer allows residents of several towns, such as Ariel, Ma’ale Adumim, Beitar Eilit, and others, to be listed as residents of Israel. Instead, they are listed as living in Palestine.

I can completely understand the desire to be as “politically correct” as possible. However, this action on the side of Facebook is, in my opinion, WAY out of line. I have yet to see a person from Texas listed as Mexico. I wonder what’s going on with the people from Kosovo (Kosova?) What are they listed as?

Why would such an enormous site, one of the top ten sites in the WORLD, choose to make such a stupid move? If you want to avoid the conflict of “which country does this belong to” then don’t have the town as an option. Have them only write Israel. Or only write “Ariel” or “Ma’ale Adumim.” But suddenly moving someone to another country?

I can guarantee you that if at any point Ariel and other towns will later be part of a Palestinian country (and Ariel will definitely NOT be), that they will change their names. The Palestinians would not keep them with a Hebrew name. So there will NEVER be a place named Ariel, Palestine or Ma’ale Adumim, Palestine.

I’m all about openess and freedom on the Internet, especially on enormously popular sites. But with popularity comes responsiblity, and taking upon yourself to decide about political situations that don’t even relate to you (with all due respect to Palo Alto, California) is completely irresponsible. As it is, there are so many anti-semitic and anti-Israel groups on Facebook that no one will remove. If these were groups against African Americans or gays, they would be gone in a moment.

However, not only are the simply “anti-semitic” groups still up, even after thousands of complaints, but recently a group was opened about the “martyrdom” of the terrorist who murdered 8 kids last week in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. This group is still up.

I think it’s a disgrace, and as someone who owes quite a few friendships (old ones that came back) to Facebook, it makes me look down at the site and wonder if it’s really where I want to be.

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The Mystery of Hate, by Yair Lapid

March 10, 2008

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A while back, Yair Lapid, an Israeli journalist (and now news anchor) wrote this column. I’m not sure who translated it, so if someone knows, please let me know. For those of you who aren’t Israeli, this sheds quite a bit of light on how we feel.

The Mystery of Hate

by Yair Lapid

Hundreds of years of fighting, six and a half wars, billions of dollars gone with the wind, tens of thousands of victims, not including the boy who laid down next to me on the rocky beach of lake Karon in 1982 and we both watched his guts spilling out. The helicopter took him and until this day I do not know whether he is dead or survived. All this, and one cannot figure it out.

And its not only what happened but all that did not happen – hospitals that were never built, universities that were never opened, roads that were never paved, the three years that were taken from millions of teenagers for the sake of the army. And despite all the above, we still do not have the beginning of a clue to the mystery of where it all started: Why do they hate us so much?

I am not talking about the Palestinians this time Their dispute with us is intimate, focused, and it has a direct effect on their lives. Without getting into the “which side is right” question, it is obvious that they have very personal reasons not to stand our presence here. We all know that eventually this is how it will be solved: in a personal way, between them and us, with blood sweat and tears that will stain the pages of the agreement. Until then, it is a war that could at least be understood, even if no sane person is willing to accept the means that are used to run it by.

It is the others. Those I cannot understand. Why does Hassan Nasralla, along with tens of thousands of his supporters, dedicate his life, his visible talents, his country’s destiny, to fight a country he has never even seen, people he has never really met and an army that he has no reason to fight?

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