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      From the Hills of Efraim
      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.

      Sivan 17, 5769, 6/9/2009

      Where Is PETA When You Really Need Them?

      As you've read, horses were used in yesterday's terror raid. Some say they were actually booby-trapped as if to be used in place of suicide bombers.

      I initiated a campaign back in 2003, after friends of mine narrowly escaped injury and death when a donkey packed with explosives was blown up at the Gush Etzion checkpoint.  I targeted PETA, wrote to the head office and 15 other branches complaining about the misuse of animals this way and achieved the sending of a letter of protest by them.

      Every little bit counts.

      Why don't you write to PETA and simply ask them to condemn the terrorists who not only have no regard for Jewish lives but for animals, too.

      Sivan 16, 5769, 6/8/2009

      Oral History

      There's a funny game going on in Washington.  It reminds me of the Mad Hatter Chase in May 1967 when, after Abba Eban reminded the Americans that as a result of the 1950 Tripartite Agreement they signed, Israel demanded assistance in opening up the blocked sea passages.  The State Department couldn't find a signed copy of the paper.

      Now, Secretary of State Hillary (Kiss-Me-Souha) Clinton had this to say on ABC TV:

      Well, that was an understanding that was entered into, so far as we are told, orally.

      I'm sure you all realize there's quite an irony in there but be that as it may, there are quotations from Colin Powell and Daniel Kurtzer and a few other State Dept. officials attesting to actual negotiations and discussions the UAS and Israel were engaged in on the issue of the so-called 'settlement blocs' of Jewish communities, expansion, natural growth and freeze.

      So what does Hillary think she's doing?  Has she no memory?  Or is it that she has no honor?

      Sivan 10, 5769, 6/2/2009

      I Admit: It's All Unnatural

      For anyone reading the reports in the media, in blogs and elsewhere on the issue of natural growth, the amount of material and its complexity is overwhelming.  Well, it certainly is for me.  It is also, sometimes, frustrating.  Take this New York Times graphic presentation, for example.

      It appears quite impressive but what it is actually doing is imparting a sense of Jewish dominance, of something slithering along.  First of all, besides four Arab cities, where are the hundreds of Arab villages.  Second, if Arab population growth were placed on the same map, it would overrun the outlines and become a blob.

      I am sure that if I had a real head for mathematics I could explain issues such as demographics, density, birth rates, etc.

      I don't so just let me say: I admit it.  There really is no "natural growth".  It's all unnatural.

      Jews have returned home.  They are revenants, coming back to their ancestral homes after centuries.

      Despite difficulties, terror, opposition from within, pressure from without and many other obstacles, our growth is almost miraculous.

      Maybe we do have God on our side.

      Sivan 4, 5769, 5/27/2009

      Will The Riots Return?

      If you have read this item here at INN, that Sheikh Salah Ra'ad is accusing none other than Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu of planning to rebuild the Temple, you might smile at the ridiculous attempt of the fanatic Islamic radical to stir up trouble.

      But we've been there before.  His ranting recalls what happened exactly 80 years ago.

      Between Yom Kippur of 1928 and the 18th of Av 1929, the Arabs, aided by the bumbling British, launched a campaign to do away with centuries old customs of Jews at the Western Wall as well as their historical, legal and religious rights there.  The Grand Mufti Haj Amin El-Husseini,

      seeking to anchor any local inauthentic nationalist sentiment, cleverly exploited religious passions.  He would not be satisfied that the Western Wall was the object of fulmination and propaganda.  No.

      He accused the Jews of seeking to rebuild the Temple.  Right then and there.  His proof?

      The Zionist flag flying over the Haram A-Sharif which was the work of montage:

      (see here)

      If you read page 238 of this book, you'll get additional information and here, too.

      After almost a year of this incitement and after taking advantage of the murder of a young Jewish boy, Avraham Mizrachi, the 1929 Riots broke out resulting in 133 Jewish dead, most of them in Hebron which forced the expulsion of its Jewish community.

      Our left-wing, progressive and liberal Jews, who are always the first to jump up and point an accusing finger at nationalist Jews, accusing them of 'incitement' should do well for all mankind if they use the same energy going after Ra'ad.  It'll probably save more blood.

      Iyar 19, 5769, 5/13/2009

      NYTimes Star Black Immam Flubs It

      Have you heard of Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani?

      The New York Times had.  They did a feature on him.

      A Black Imam Breaks Ground in Mecca

      This caption appears under a picture on the first page:

      “Any qualified individual, no matter what his color, no matter where from, will have a chance to be a leader, for his good and The king is trying to tell everybody that he wants to rule this land as one nation, with no racism and no segregation.”

      That was April 10.  And what follows are excerpts from interviews with Sheikhh Adel Al-Kalbani, imam of the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, which aired on BBC Arabic on May 5, 2009 and Al-Arabiya TV on February 27, 2009.

      "Interviewer: "Where can Christians [pray]?"

      Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani: "Christians are allowed to pray in their homes. We have no problem with them praying where they live. But for the bells to be sounded in the land of the Prophet Muhammad – that [runs counter] to the Prophet's guidance. The Prophet's guidance, by which we act, dictates: 'Drive the Jews and the Christians out of the Arabian Peninsula.' Driving them out is undoubtedly the prerogative of the ruler, but they should be allowed to live here only if their presence is essential."

      Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani: "[The Christian] came as a visitor. He is not a citizen. If he were a citizen... watchamacallit... a Christian citizen – maybe there would be room for debate. Maybe. But in principle, he is a visitor, a guest, who stays for some time, and then leaves. He knew these were the rules before he came here. No visitor to a country can demand that it change its rules."
      Interviewer: "Not to change the rules, but if you, as a Muslim, were to visit a country, wouldn't you hope there would be a mosque in which to pray, regardless of whether you are a citizen or not?"
      Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani: "I would hope so. Undoubtedly. But Allah be praised, according to the Prophet's guidance: 'The whole Earth was made a mosque and pure for me.' Therefore, a Muslim can pray anywhere."

      I guess we all can't be New York Times liberal.

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