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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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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.

      Adar Bet 24, 5768, 3/31/2008

      Jewish Lives Saved

      Two Jewish lives, at least, were saved today.

      As Arutz 7 reported, an Arab attempted to stab two Jewish hitchhikers at the Shiloh junction.

      He didn't succeed.

      More here.

      Thank G-d for Jewish heroism, quick-thinking and being armed.

      Adar Bet 23, 5768, 3/30/2008


      Adar Bet 17, 5768, 3/24/2008

      Post-Shushan Purim Post

      Okay, we have Hamas and Fatah together again.  Was that a Purim "gifts to the poor"?

      We had Professor Yaron Ezrahi writing in Haaretz last Thursday that the "Israeli Right, similar to Hamas, extract great political profit from the cycle of terror attack and anti-terror attack, which unites the governments of Israel and the PA and silences the diplomatic process" (here, in Hebrew).

      We have Ehud Olmert

      What's left?

      The ultimate solution to the conflict: a pillow fight.

      Adar Bet 10, 5768, 3/17/2008

      A Display of Police Brutality - In Israel

      The New York Times is not usually a favorite of those of us who are, well, addicted to the news.

      But there is always something to be thankful for, everyday.  Like this picture:

      It was taken by Sebastain Scheiner of the AP and is used here in an illustrative purpose.

      It displays "Lesson #53" in the (fictitious) Police Manual for Methods of Applying Brutality.

      Lesson #53 reads:  "while your colleague(s) subdue a protestor, raise your right arm to his/her head level, take a step forward with your left foot, pretend to accidentally stumble, thus causing you to take a brisk and firm step forward with your right foot, thus causing your upraised right elbow to effectively smash into the protestors face.  With any luck, you can even break his/her nose or at the very least, his/her glasses".

      Welcome to the Israeli Police, those guardians of civil rights and liberties.


      (Two more examples can be viewed here)

      Adar Bet 6, 5768, 3/13/2008

      Tzipi Livni Is Being Unhelpful

      Israel's Foreign Ministress Tzipi Livni was speaking at Harvard this week.  She announced that the Jewish communities in the area of the Jewish national homeland guaranteed by international law to become part of the reconstituted Jewish National Home were not "helpful" to the peace process (actually she used another word, "settlements", which I don't use except as a quotation).

      That's a stupid position to take.  Also immoral.  Do I go around making announcements that Arab villages are unhelpful and their construction should be halted?

      But that's an old issue.  What was more interesting, for me as an observer of how Ms. Livni is ideologically deteriorating, is her prounouncement that she see no role for American Jews in the peace process to resolve the conflict.  Really.  Here, read the report in The Harvard Crimson.

      American Jews can be urged to make Aliyah.  Urged to donate money.  Cajoled to support certain politicians.  They can give awards to Israeli achievers.  They can be asked to launch activist protests on Israel's behalf.  They can even die on behalf of Israel.  But to help Israel as regards the "conflict", naw, that's not on.

      Tzipi, could it be that you require help?

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