Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.
A former terror member, this Muslim man, Dr. Hamid Tawfik tells Israel what it must do to fight its enemies. He says he is trying to reform Islam and wake up the millions of Muslims to see Israel as a blessing, and not believe the anti-Semitic propaganda that they were taught by their leaders.
I won't write anymore. Why mess with perfection? This video says it all.
Kudos to Yoni Kempinski who conduceted this interview for Israel National NewsTV.
Sometimes when I get curious, I go to the 'enemy's' websites and read what they are saying about us. I always come away feeling so good afterwards, as they post on these sites how well we are doing. It's like the old joke about the story of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading a Neo-Nazi newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader:
"Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading a Neo-Nazi newspaper?"
Moshe replied: "I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Anti-Semitism in Europe, terrorism in Israel, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Neo-Nazi newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!"
And so it is with reading what the Arabs are saying about the Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria that made me really happy to read. (Inserted italics are my comments) They say as follows:
"Settlements: The Facts
There are currently 121 [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply)] Israeli settlements and approximately 102 Israeli outposts built illegally on Pales-tinian land occupied [liberated] by Israel in 1967. All of these settlements and outposts are illegal under international law [Not true, see here.] and have been condemned by numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions. Israeli outposts are considered illegal under Israeli law." " ...to be continued
Please view this video BEFORE continuing to read. It shows you the miracles that G-d has bestowed upon us, and what the enemies of Israel, the Arab States, the Obama Administration in the White House, the International Community and the 'Leftists' want to rip up and destroy!
Be a witness to the first ever look at the beautiful Jewish settlement communities scattered like Jewels throughout the so called west bank. This is the land at the cradle of Jewish civilization and is known today as Yehuda and Shomron or in English as Judea and Samaria. The return of our people to this Holy Land is proof that our Beloved G-d is keeping His promise He made with our father Abraham in which he said to him, "To your descendants I will I give this Land" At that time G-d established in Hebron the covenant of B'rit Mila. So today the 122 beloved settlement communities provide proof that G-d has not forgotten His Beloved people.
Film by Ezra Ridgley: Author of the book, 'Judea & Samaria: The Land of G-d' at: TorahAlive.com
I hope you didn't think that these 'settlements' the world condemns are just a bunch of trailer homes on a hilltop. tsk, tsk, did you fall for that? If so, I hope this video opened your eyes and corrected the 'enemy's' propoganda.
Continuing now with the Arab propaganda website...
"These settlements and outposts are inhabited by a population of some 462,000 Israeli settlers. 191,000 Israelis are living in settlements around Jerusalem and a further 271,400 are further spread throughout the West Bank. The settler population has grown consistently between 4-6% per year over the last two decades, a much higher rate of growth than Israeli society as a whole (1.5%). [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply)]
... In 2008, amidst the �settlement freeze� agreed upon in the Annapolis framework, tenders for new settle-ment building increased by 550% from 2007. Actual settlement construction has increased by 30% since the launching of the new round of peace talks. Settlement building around Jerusalem has increased by a factor of 38. [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply). Now I am really happy and want to dance a jig!]
A total of 9,000 further housing units have been approved in East Jerusalem, and approximately 2,600 new housing units are being built east of the Separation Wall, comprising 55% of all settlement construc-tion activity. [Ahh, this is just cream on the pudding!) These settlements and outposts are inhabited by a population of some 462,000 Israeli settlers...
Settlements are built on less than 3 percent of the area of the West Bank. [Dang! Only 3%? We need to do better, ...although, if it is just 3% and we have built so much, then maybe we aren't doing so badly!] However, due to the extensive network of settler roads and restrictions on Palestinians accessing their own land, Israeli settlements domi-nate more than 40 percent of the West Bank. [I am feeling really good! Tell me more! I'm a'lovin it!]
...Settlements are the cause of great inequalities in ac-cess to natural resources between Israelis and Palestin-ians. [Don't ask me why they keep hyphenating words over two syllables long in this article. Maybe it is hard for them to read or pronounce? Even the name 'Palestinians' which they gave themselves. sheesh!] Many settlements are built on prime agricultural land confiscated from Palestinians, or over key water resources such as the Western Aquifer basin, springs and wells.
Israeli West Bank settlers domestically consume an amazing 280 liters of water per day, per person com-pared to 86 liters per day available for Palestinians in the West Bank - [I know, guilty. We take showers and they apparently don't.] only 60 of which are considered po-table. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 100 liters per day � [Oh, yes, from the W.H.O. whom we trust our lives with [sic], and the people who want forced vaccinations for a flu that, though contageous, is not any deadlier than other common flus.] meaning that settlers utilize far more than double the water required, while Palestinians do not approach the minimum. [Do the Arabs living in Israel also contribute to the finding of new water sources, or the science of re-cycling/reusing grey water, etc,,, not!]
But only looking at domestic use is misleading. The brunt of water resources consumed by Israel are for farming and industrial purposes. [Guilty, yes, we do grow food to feed people, and make the land bloom rather than leave it a ghastly backwards desert region which it has been under Muslim rule.] When one looks at these numbers, the inequality between Israel and Palestinian resource sharing grows dramatically.
It is also misleading to look at the amount of land ac-tually �settled� in the West Bank (3%), as opposed to the more than 40% of West Bank residential and vital agricultural land confiscated around the settlements themselves.
By stealing both the land and water resources from Palestine, the Israeli settlers and the Israeli state have literally made the �desert bloom� whilst Palestinians are left with little of their own wealth by which to compete. [When you had your (supposed') great nation of Palestine (NOT!) all these last centuries under the Ottoman Empire, why didn't YOU make it bloom? Why didn't you find the water resources and nurture and tend the land? Why did you keep the land down and barren? You are a bunch of cry babies and no more the owner of this land, than the mother of the baby that told King Solomon that it was alright with her if he sliced the baby in half.]
And so, I say, write on, you who have chosen to be G-d's enemies by cursing His People. Keep crying to the world while the lovers of Israel laugh with joy at all the progress we have made ...and that makes your blood boil, though it shouldn't. You can choose to stay living in the 12th century as barbarians, while we continue to tend the land, grow food to feed people, grow flowers that we often export to people's tables in Europe, and keep building homes and schools that help all Israeli citizens and which enable the bringing of Jews home after our long wandering of the globe. It's all prophesized in the Bible. Maybe you should read it.
Long live those stubborn and Land-of-Israel-loving Jewish pioneers. King Solomon would say to the world, that by the settler's actions, this Land is our baby!
A young Arab woman asks for medical treatment in Jerusalem and then stabs a Jewish security guard. The woman first is caught with a knife in this video that was released, (Thanks to Michelle for the link - read talkback # 42 in previous blog) and then pulls out another knife hidden under her clothes, and stabs the Jewish security guard. This is not new, where Muslim terrorists abuse Jewish good will, and then turn around and commit deadly and gruesome acts. They use ambulances as well to commit their dastardly deeds. There seem to be no red lines when it comes to the Arab-Muslim hatred of Jews, a culture which seems to be nursed on hatred for anyone not accepting of Islam. Watch the (2nd) video below. The first video has already been removed from youtube.
The stabbing video below was removed. Find it HERE.
Now for the likely story ( a spoof) of how this happened....
The scene: Inside the Ikillyah Family's house:
"Fadder, please don't make me marrry Ahmed! I ahm only 16 and he's 50 and has a wife already. She hates me anyway and will beat me after he beats her."
"Silence, Jihada! Yoo will do what your fadder says! You will be married by the end of the week and that is final, yah pustema! Yoor already 16, an old maid!"
Jihada slinks away to her bedroom and throws herself on her bed. Her favorite little sister, Intifada, follows. "Jihada, Jihada, what arrre yoo so sahd about? You will hav yoorself soon, a husband! Mama said you shooldah be happy!"
"Oh, yooda don't undurstahnd! Yoora too leetel. Fadder won'ta start looking forra husband for yoo until you are ten." A lightbulb then goes off above Jihada's head. "I know!" she thinks to herself, "I know exactly how I can get out of this seetuation!" Little Intifada's eyes get wide as she asks Jihada what she has planned.
"It's so brilliant! Jihada exlaims, "I will go and stab a filthy Jew!" "Oh, can I come too?" begged Intifada. "No, mon cheri, this is a job for a brave Arab woman. Yoo areee still young. You will have ample time to plan your own attacks on the filthy Jew-swine later. So, thees is my plan. I stab the Jew bastard and get caught. I will get a trial and then sent to an Israeli women's prison. There, mon cheri, I will only have to share my cell room with thrrree other women, instead of our 16 brothers and sisters. I will be able to watch TV - (she sighs as her eyes look up to the sky) I miss seeing Gilmore Girls! I will also be offered and receive an education and make someting out of myself, so when I am exchanged in the next terroreast release, I will have a degrrree under my belt as well as my knife! Ha! Perrrfect! "Oh, Jihada", little Intifada says, "I want to be a terroreast like yoo someday too! The two smile and hug.
A Holy War? The BBC (in the videos below) calls it 'G-d's wars' and put a stamp on that with an Israeli secular officer comparing it to a 'Holy War'. Ok, but the Jews are not fighting a 'Jihad' like the Arabs. To the BBC and their slanted reporting, let it be known that the Gaza war in December 2008 was a defensive war. Israel cannot sit quietly when it's citizens are being bombarded with deadly and bloody rocket and terror attacks from the Palestinian Authority. No sane country would stand it, and yes, that means Britain too -hypocrites! Britain had the gall to send their military half way around the world to kill to keep it's empirical hold on the Falkland Islands, but turns around and blames Israel for fighting terror in her own backyard. Chutzpah!
So it is with great glee and satisfaction, that I can actually cheer when I saw this BBC report on (how worried they are) that Israel's army is becoming more religious. What they showed as worrisome, I saw as wonderful! Yes, the Israeli army is seeing more religious soldiers and less and less secular soldiers serving. Read this brief article of a rabbi's experience with IDF soldiers going off to war in Gaza last December. Soldiers were clamoring for religious articles to take with them into battle. And this demand will only be growing.
Approximately half of all officers in the IDF are religious. "They are becoming the IDF's backbone" says Ben Caspit, the writer of the news story in the link above. "Their presence in the army is several times larger than it is in the general population." Now, that may be because secular Israelis are becoming post zionists, and not as patriotic, and religious soldiers are more idealistic and want to protect their nation. The rise in religious inductees can also be due to the fact that religious families usually have more children, and secular families usually choose to have less. It can also be because we are seeing today, the largest 'Chozrim B'Tshuva' (Returnees to the Faith) movement in history. Many secular Jews have found the world and western culture which they were drawn to, bankrupt and are therefore wanting more spirituality in their lives.
In any case, enjoy the BBC documentary (part 1 & 2). Viewing their report should bring you much joy and optimism. The story of the soldiers gathering around to blow the Shofar before going into battle made me smile, and the urgent requests of the soldiers, observant and not-yet observant asking for Tehillim (Psalms) and Tzitzit, warmed my heart. Yes, we Jews should only be fighting a 'holy', 'just' and 'moral' war. It's a Holy War to stop the Arab's Evil Jihad. The West, and yes, the Brits in the BBC - can thank us later.
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The Scarf This is an excerpt of an article written by Cor Bouchette, published May 18th 1945 for the Netherlands Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. It describes the arrival in Sweden of a group of Jewish refugees from the Netherlands, known as the Philips Group. One member of the group, Jansje Gompers of Amsterdam, was Max Cardozo's aunt, who sent several letters about her experiences in Sweden to family members.
"When the Ferry Boat arrived at Malmo, Sweden, gang planks were installed and the first contingent of Jewish Dutch woman stepped out onto the docks, as scared to death as street dogs. They jumped more than walked, but crippled or not they rushed as though they were in a hurry to catch a train and were worried they might miss it. Many held on to each other and looked mistrustful of us who approached their direction. Many had ravaged, hollow expressions on their faces, the outward sign of an intense spiritual desolation, a reflection of the many long years of intense distrust and the absolute misery they had suffered. However, when they heard "Welcome to Sweden," it was as if the sun broke through the dark clouds, and they smiled and waved. Some of us on the docks wanted to put our arms around them and hug them, however we were not allowed to touch our own countrymen because they had to be disinfected first.
The room selected for us filled up quickly with 400 Dutch women on Swedish soil, very quiet and staring at us but trusting us, as we were the ones who had liberated them Many kept on staring, dazed, and others cried, but there were also many who started to talk about their horrible experiences, raw and tragic stories of their misery, of those awful two years spent in concentration camps, telling us that it was not the gates of heaven above us that opened to them, but instead, the gates of hell. And now, through the goodness of the hearts of the Danes and Swedes, thankful for all that food that was presented to them, it was truly wonderful and then unbelievable how they started to ask questions: Where are we going to, Sir ? We are so filthy! Are we going to get soap, Sir? When I said yes, a cheer went up. Are we really going to get a hot bath with soap? Is it true the Queen is dead, Sir? Do you know if Eindoven (Philips headquarters) is liberated? Do you know if my brother is here?
Many things I heard from these people, however one thing I especially remember. One morning I went to visit the women in the hospital with small mirrors, jars of face cream, a box of nail files sent to me by Mrs. Grabsen. I was received by the Dutch women with a loud cheering. For one of them I had a head scarf. It seems one of the poor young girls couldn't stop crying because just before she had left her camp, because she had not and could not do her last task, the sadistic, brutal guard had shaved off her curly black hair. It was on the third floor that I met a bald, dark-headed girl. She was crying so I walked over to her bed and handed her a mirror, cream, nail file and the yellow scarf, which she immediately put around her dark skull. Now, no more crying, I said. Crying, sir, the dark girl said, I never cry sir!
What had happened was, I had given the scarf to the wrong person. The depressed, crying girl was one floor lower. How could I ask for the return of the scarf ? The dark-headed girl untied the scarf without even hesitating and returned it to me. It's no problem sir, she laughed. I am very happy with my mirror, sir. I have not looked in a mirror for two years".
What a generous spirit! A spirit I hoped would remain among them. It is with this unselfish spirit that perhaps all of us can build a better world. Cardozo Family Correspondence ________________________________
Excerpt published here with the permission of Max Cardozo