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      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.

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      Iyar 3, 5772, 4/25/2012

      Independence Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

      by Tamar Yonah

      Independence means never having to say you're sorry.
      If we are really going to celebrate independence, then let's really do it!

      (updated version from a blog I wrote in 2011)

      Independence means never having to ask another nation for permission to defend itself.

      Independence means never having to ask another country for arms and how we can use them.

      Independence means never having to ask for permission to pray at our Holy Sites.

      Independence means never having to ask another nation where Jews can and cannot live.

      Independence means never having to ask another people if we can build in our own country.

      Independence means never having to ask the U.N. to condemn terrorist attacks against us, because Israel would have already dealt out justice herself!

      Independence means never having to apologize for hitting an anti-semitic, terror supporting, anarchist in the face with your gun.

      Independence means never having to board a terrorist-supporting flotilla ship, where we arm our soldiers with paint guns, instead of meaning business.

      Independence means never having to say you're sorry for civilian deaths of the enemy in a war.

      Independence means never having to ask another entity for permission... to exist.

      independence day

      Nisan 28, 5772, 4/20/2012

      Animal Waste for Breakfast?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Recently, I did a radio show with former Islamic terrorist Walid Shoebat where he discussed how the Islamic world was getting crazier and crazier by the day.  

      Camel urine for cures from baldness to cancer to  personal hygiene products is going viral, sweeping across the Arab world with nary a 'bad' review posted anywhere to warn people that it is about as effective as snake oil sold from the back of a covered wagon by the latest medicine man scammer who has his 'plant' in the audience exclaim,  "I can see, I can see!  It's a miracle!!!"  And why are there no camel urine cure 'reviews' anywhere on Arabic websites or blogs saying:

       Salim the Sucker: 
      "Don't buy deez camel urrrine currre!  I am a 28 yearr old  frrom Kuwait who spent hundrrreds of dinarrrs on deez.  I followed dirrrections and trrried deez foul tasting pish everrryday forrr a year, and not one bristle of hairrr grrrew oan de top of my bawld head!!!  Save yoor money.  It is not worth even 3 wives!"  

      Perhaps no one writes anything negative about this cure-all because the Islamic prophet, Mohammed ordered it in the Hadith: 
      Narrated Abu Qilaba: "Anas said, "Some people of 'Ukl or 'Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in 'Al-Harra' and when they asked for water, no water was given to them." Abu Qilaba said, "Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle .  (Sahih Bukhari, Ablutions (Wudu'), Volume 1, Book 4, Number 234)"

      In Kuwait, insulting/cursing the Islamic prophet Mohammed, or his wives, can get you the death penalty. See news report, here where it states, "Kuwait’s parliament provisionally passed amendments to the Gulf state’s penal code stipulating the death penalty for those who curse the Islamic god, Islam’s Prophet or his wives, theAFP reported."  

      So if Mohammed gave his stamp of approval on camel urine, who is a follower of the Hadith to say anything to the contrary?  And is it worth writing a negative review and possibly get the death penalty for it?

      On the website Islam-Watch.org, one person commented,  'maybe allah's apostle believed, "Eat Sh*t".  30 billion flies cant be wrong.'


      Guest Post By Walid Shoebat

      “A mouthful a day” is supposed to keep the doctor away, reports CNN in Arabic, under “Health and Technology”. You can take it straight up, fill up direct from the source, use in capsules just like you would with fish oil, pour it on your hair or rub it straight on your face. Conferences are even held on the “wonders and secrets of healing from camel urine”, that “camel urine is the miracle of our time and is a gift from Muhammad to mankind” which is the ultimate solution, as Fatin Khorshid from the King Fahd Medical Research Center concluded to “all sorts of ailments” like “cancer”, “digestive tract”, “diarrhea”, “sexual dysfunction”, “liver disease”, “skin ulcers”, “cosmetics” … In order to further promote its medical potential in the fight against cancer worldwide, professor Khorshid has also applied for a swathe of international patents. Here is the US application – covering "an absolutely novel use of camel urine" – it focuses on PM701 obtained from the adult single-humped Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius) found roaming natural pastures near Jeddah. 'Separation and formulation of bioactive fraction and sub-fraction from camel urine work as anticancer agent' (US patent app. 2009/0297622 A1)
      PM701, the “PM” stands for “Prophet Medicine”. Amazingly, no one in the Muslim world is insulted by applying camel urine to the prophet of Islam. One seminar(see 1:52) is given on how to gather it by poking the female camel to stimulate the urination.
      CNN’s Health and Technology (Arabic version) is not ashamed to give a positive report on camel urine or on the dishonesty of this emerging product. For best results, the CNN report recommends “to take mouthfuls of camel urine daily for an entire year” and to make sure the camel be a female virgin. Surveys are even done to conclude from patients that, the urine of a virgin camel has a “preferable distinct flavor and aroma”.
      Advertisements are running wild throughout the Middle East. For shiny hair and solution for baldness one add “will deliver anywhere in the Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates”. The song in the commercial gives thanks to Muhammad the Prophet of Islam for his provision and bountiful blessing: “Prayers and peace be upon our master Muhammad”. The bountiful blessing is camel urine.
      Speaking to the Saudi Gazette, Dr. Khorshid claimed that she was inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s medical advice and that camel urine consists of natural substances that work to eradicate malignant cells and maintain the number of healthy cells in a cancer patient.

      “This treatment is not an invention, but rather, taken from our Prophet’s legacy,” she remarked.

      Few in the Middle East are attempting to refute the claim fear of blasphemy. Dr. Rida Al-Wakil, Professor of the liver and digestive system in Ain Shams University and President of the Egyptian Society of Gastroenterology in Egypt issued awarning not to use the camel urine hype for liver disease since it causes “sever and dangerous complications”. He added that, “such hype is intended for making money … there is not a single scientific evidence that camel urine cures from viral infections in the liver”.

      Dr Ashraf Omar Professor of Medicine, Cairo liver disease warned: “there is a new wave for the treatment of hepatic viruses using a kind of and the value of treatment courses per patient cost of about 10 thousand pounds. And pharmacists who obtained a patent on the invention distributed it in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, many of the newspapers do promote this treatment through intensive advertising. This merely is a cheap trade.” Dr. Omar calls for the “need to obtain prior licenses from regulatory authorities in charge before putting any medication on the market in order to preserve the health of the people”.

      The warning included several cases of severe deterioration including a coma. Medical doctors denounced any benefit from animal waste for breakfast. Such waste they said “contains a large proportion of uric acid, which is very harmful”.

      Instead, its better to eat an apple.

      Nisan 12, 5772, 4/4/2012

      Obama & Politics: USA To War with Iran?

      by Tamar Yonah

      People don't like changing horses in the middle of the race. Will Obama therefore start a war with Iran to protect his seat in the Oval Office?

      If anyone ever saw the comedy movie 'Canadian Bacon', they will remember the hilarious scene when Alan Alda who played the incumbent U.S. President is urged to start a war in order to win the upcoming election because of the low showing he received in the polls.   The only problem was, WHO to start a war with.  No one wanted to go to war with the USA, not even the USSR (they were just starting to get a taste of capitalism and they liked it) and so, the President's adviser suggested 'Canada'.    Canada?  But Canadians are so friendly and non-confrontational.  What American would support going to war against Canada?  His adviser answered him  "Mr. President, give me one week.... and I will have Americans burning maple leaves so fast, they won't have time to think about their smog filled lungs, rising interest rates or their dwindling savings account.  One week sir."  

      However, in the case of Iran, it is NOT an imagined or made up enemy.  Iran SHOULD be stopped, as better to engage in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before they become nuclear, rather than after!  However, these things must be done delicately, with cooperation and wisdom, and not for politically advantageous reasons to keep one's job.

      Justin Sink who writes for The Hill's Blog Briefing Room writes,"...Mitt Romney surrogate Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes President Obama would begin a war with Iran because it would help him politically.
      "I happen to think that the President is going to start a war with Iran," Trump said on the Laura Ingraham show. "I think it will be a short-term popular thing to do, and I think he’s going to do that for political reasons, if you want to know the truth. I don’t know if anyone says this openly, but I think he’s going to start a war with Iran."
      ...Trump said a war with Iran would help Obama politically much in the same way the war with Iraq provided former President George W. Bush a temporary wartime boost in the polls."

      Trump is no prophet, so will this happen?  It could, as if Obama desires to keep his power, getting into a war could be his 'Trump' card (no pun intended, well, maybe...) as people don't like changing horses in the middle of a race.  However, there's a chance that Israel will strike first.  There's also a chance that Iran will strike first!
      Iran may wish to flex its muscles and show it is the new head honcho in the mideast 'trumping' (there, I said it again) Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for chief leadership.

      Though we don't know who will strike first, I think that most of us - at least here in Israel - know that there will be a war, and we may not have to wait that long to see how it will be played out.

      The Yalkut Shimoni presents an interesting view on a similar scenario.  

      Notice that all the players, in this long ago written book from at least 700 years ago, are in play today:

      (I can't remember where I picked up this information on the net, I'd like to credit.)

      MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):

      “Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that  Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.

      Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.

      And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?

      And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!


      Rabbi Yitzhak said [about 2000 years ago!]:

      The year that  Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed [what is expected to happen in the world at the time when Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed], all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke1 each other [the threats of war among the nations will be heard in every corner of the world throughout the countries and between one another].


      [The numbers in parenthesis refer to further explanations found in the Hebrew version]

      PHASE 1   (2) King of Persia [Leader of Iran] (4) will threaten (3) the King of Arabia [threats of war against the king of Saudi Arabia (which is the only Arab country which still has the name “Arabia”)]

      PHASE 2   (5) The king of Arabia goes to Edom to get advice from them [The king of Saudi Arabia goes to the Western countries, which are led by America, to consult about how to act against the threat of war from Iran].

      PHASE 3   “And King of Persia goes back (6) and destroys the whole world [it is clear that you cannot destroy the whole world with conventional weapons. It means to annihilate the world with nuclear weapons. ["and destroys the whole world"– the meaning isn’t actually the whole world, the meaning is "most of it is as all of it", meaning to destroy most of the countries of the world]”.

      “And all the nations of the world will be frantic and hysterical and “falling on their faces” and will be as if seized by (7) something like birth pains [a terrible and horrified fear that was unknown until now will grasp all the remaining nations - lest they too will die in a nuclear war (because they will be unable to protect themselves from the nuclear explosion and the radioactivity that will be formed)].

      And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical [because of the terrible fear that will be in the world that Iran (Persia) will also attack Israel]. And they will say, where will we come and go [since there will be no possibility to find help or support and there will be no natural way to be saved - and about this situation it is said "we have no one to rely on except our Father in Heaven"] and they will say: “Where will be come and go?” [The Medrish repeats this twice to emphasize the helplessness and fear that will be then].

      And Hashem will say to them [HaKadosh Baruch Hu to the people of Israel]:  do not fear my children [you have nothing to fear], all that I have done I did only for you [HaKadosh Baruch Hu calms Israel, that all the destruction of war was only for your good - to destroy the wicked Kingdom of Edom and to remove evil from this world and make it possible for the Melech HaMoshiach to be revealed and rule over the world] Why are you afraid? “The time  for your Redemption has come!”


      In order that one should not think these words of the Medrish are incompatible with the reality of our days, it is important to clarify what often appears in the media regarding the “King of Persia” (President of Iran) and  about the "mahdi".

      The current president of Iran since his election has declared several times in public, that the main purpose of his government is to promote the arrival of the "mahdi", and for this purpose all military and economical resources will be given. He also said in the UN Assembly (September 25, 2007) that very soon the powerful Western countries will fall and be destroyed.

      According to his belief and the belief of the radical cult that he is part of, the way to bring "the mahdi"  (the Shiite "messiah” who is supposedly, according to their distorted beliefs, going to impose the region of Islam on the whole world) is by creating a situation of chaos with local and international destruction. That is why the President of Iran says they must ignite a local war and then destroy the Western world (which in his opinion is the root of all evil) using nuclear bombs.

      This threat isn’t just an ideology or idle talk. Recently there was an article in the press that Israeli Intelligence has concrete information that Iran has a secret nuclear reactor that it is producing there nuclear warheads for rockets.

      As it is known today, the government of Iran is made up only from the people of this cult who believe in this "mahdi" ideology. Whoever doubts this is dismissed from the government (as was the commander of the Iranian revolutionary guards; he was removed from his position and replaced by someone loyal to the President of Iran ym"s)

      Another interesting item that often appeared in the world press: astrologists see something amazing:  very soon the Western world will be destroyed by Iran by nuclear weapons (this corresponds exactly with the words of the Medrish above). To differentiate, lately there have been a few Tzaddikim in our generation who also say that soon there will be a nuclear war outside of Israel and in Eretz Yisroel will be the “selection” that was foretold in the prophesy of Zecharia (13:8) and Isaiah 6 ("v'od ba assirya etc" –see Kesubos 112b) by an earthquake, terrifying in its power, unlike anything known in the past. 

      In view of all this, it is clear that the words of this Medrish: "and the King of Persia returns and destroys the whole world" are very realistic and in light of ongoing world events, it is quite possible that this will actually happen in the near future.  --------

      Obama's role in this will yet be seen - or not. But we can bet our horses on one thing... there will be a war, and Iran will be in it.  And then it really will be too late to change horses or races.

      Nisan 6, 5772, 3/29/2012

      I Got Boycotted!

      by Tamar Yonah

      How do anti-Semites say 'boycott' ?  The answer?  BDS  

      From their website:  

      WHAT IS BDS?

      In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.

      Below is a 'Guest Post' by Leah Aharoni, owner of AQText Translation Services  who just got boycotted.

      I Got Boycotted!

      I run an Israeli translation agency, which serves clients from around the world.  The other day, a UK translator responded to my inquiry for cooperation with a flat refusal, motivated by her “moral stance against atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

      Forget about the dubious logic of stereotyping all 7 million Israelis as willing collaborators with government policies (reality check: Israel is a democracy with an extremely robust political debate). Apparently, this Brit has greater moral compunctions than the Arabic translators from places as far-flung as Gaza, Bethlehem, Egypt, and Jordan, with whom we cooperate on mutually profitable projects.

      After the initial shock of coming face-to-face with this Jew-hatred and ignorance, I felt grateful and fortunate! Nothing helps us count our blessing like a little bump on the path.

      Grateful to our clients the world over, who look beyond the media-projected image of Israel as a war zone, instead choosing to take advantage of Israel’s extremely diverse pool of highly educated native speakers of just about every language, with innovative minds and customer service mentality.

      Fortunate to work with people, who focus on what we do, not the “neighborhood” we live in.

      Grateful to our supporters and friends, who have showed intellectual honesty and moral fortitude by forming a rational opinion about my country, despite the prevalent social climate and libelous propaganda.

      Fortunate to know that these friends will be by our side in the face of any BDS initiatives.

      And to all the B(D)Sers out there I have only this to say – you don’t stand a chance!

      Nisan 4, 5772, 3/27/2012

      The Definition of Chutzpah!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Not ashamed, rather angry and insolent.  Chutzpah.

      "The father of Mohamed Merah , the killer shot dead Thursday in France, has announced plans to file a complaint against France "for killing" his son, he said to AFP Monday."

      It seems to me, that a normal human being, knowing what their offspring did to these victims, would be embarrassed.  They would be ashamed, heart broken, apologetic that their own son, their own flesh and blood could have perpetrated such a horrific and horrendous act.  I am not talking about a family in Gaza who sees no problem in strapping a bomb on their children and sending them out for the kill, I am talking about a family that lives in the West, in France, a place where they see and enjoy freedom, tolerance, prosperity, and modernity, that don't live under the Hamas, that didn't vote in a 'Hamas' government.  

      If you were a parent, and your son went on a rampage like this, would you not be ashamed to ever show your face again?  How could you believe that the boy you raised in your care, could have chased after a firghtened little girl of 8 years old, grabbed her by the hair, and put a bullet in her head... and then, when seeing she wasn't dead yet, pull her head up as she is lying on the ground bleeding to death, and then put another two bullets in her?  If you knew your child cold-bloodedly perpetrated these crimes, and then filmed these killings to watch later  [of a three year old little boy, and other innocent people] would you not just die from shame?  

      But Mohamed Merah's father is not ashamed, in fact, he is outraged at the French police for killing his son.  “I will hire the biggest named lawyers and work for the rest of my life to pay (their) costs. I will sue France for killing my son.”  
      Not only that, but his father wants his son to be buried in Algeria. “I have decided to bury my son in Algeria,” the father, Mohamed Benalel Merah, said. 


      It doesn't end here.  There was a parade of supporters for terrorist  Mohamed Merah marching for him in France.  For HIM -not the innocent victims.


      With parents like these who favor Algeria over France, with French citizens like these who support the terrorist and march for him in French streets , I say, deport the whole da-ned lot to Algeria.  Let them all be buried there. Chutzpah!