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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Tishrei 29, 5769, 10/28/2008

      The New York Times Does Kever Yosef


      Some of the pictures the paper posted:

      I've commented here about the NYT and its inability to comprehend the Jewishness quotient of the area we know as the Land of Israel.  But the photographs of Rina Castelnuovo - and there are more - are quite good.



      Tishrei 21, 5769, 10/20/2008

      Exporting Radical Israeli Pseudo-history as "Culture"


      Bad news.  The elitist subversion of Israel continues unabated.  The weapon this time: theater. Leftist culture will be off to the UK:

      Israeli play to be performed in British National Theater

      Israel's national theater Habima makes an unprecedented achievement: In May 2010, an Israeli Hebrew-language play will be performed at the British National Theater for the first time in history.

      In meetings with Habima Theater’s artistic director, Ilan Ronen, it was agreed to stage two plays in London and in Tel Aviv in 2010, which would deal with the British Mandate era and its implications on the complex political reality between Israel and the Palestinians.

      According to Haaretz's Tzipi Shochat in her report of Oct. 16, the meeting at which the decision was taken was also attended by David Grossman and Zev Sternhel.  Grossman is a firm Peace Now person, author of the "Yellow Time" and Sternhel we all know is an anticolonialist.

      Three left-wingers do not a fair presentation make of the Mandate period and the issue of the "Palestinians", which Haaretz termed "the political conflict between Jews and Palestinians", not Arabs please note!

      And so, while our unruly youngsters fool around with Arab olive pickers and their supporters from intenrational volunteer brigades, the Left will be making ideological inroads abroad, undercutting Israel's ability to defend itself.



      Tishrei 20, 5769, 10/19/2008

      There Goes The Pope's Kippah


      You've read this story here at this site:

      Report: Pope Won't Visit Israel Until Caption Removed

      (IsraelNN.com) Italian media quoted a spokesperson for Pope Benedict XVI as saying that he would not visit Israel until a caption below a photo of Pope Pius XII, who reigned during the Holocaust era, was removed. The caption, attached to a photo of the pope hanging in Yad Vashem, states that Pius "abstained from signing the Allied declaration condemning the extermination of the Jews" and "maintained his neutral position throughout the war." According to the Church, Pius worked "secretly and silently" during World War Two to "avoid the worst and save the greatest number of Jews possible."

      Well, it seems there's a very strong wind blowing about on this issue:

      Don't fool around with God.



      Tishrei 19, 5769, 10/18/2008

      Shchem's Tomb of Joseph & A Samaritan Sukkah


      Photographed by my friend Yonah Tzoref

      And here is a Samaritan sukkah:



      Tishrei 16, 5769, 10/15/2008

      They Even Abuse Dogs


      You've read the story of the vandalization of Chavat Shomerah (here).

      Here are some pictures.  Warning: the last one is of an abused dog they left behind which will had to be put down.  These radicals are so humanistic.

      Pictures courtesy of Yonah Tzoref.



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