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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Tammuz 15, 5772, 7/5/2012

      Follow The Money... Who's Trying to Weaken Israel?

      Yes, it has been a while since I've blogged here. All is well, B"H. I haven't stopped blogging. You can take a look at me-ander and Shiloh Musings.

      Follow The Money... Who's Trying to Weaken Israel?

      Nothing new in this, the world is against us Jews and Israel.  That's this week's upcoming Parshat Shavua Torah Portion of the Week, Balak.

      The Jewish Press has a report that Western governments are supporting the church's anti-Israel "activism."

      A Report says Dr. Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, receives millions in indirect government grants for anti-Israel propaganda and boycotts.
      A Report says Dr. Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, receives millions in indirect government grants for anti-Israel propaganda and boycotts.
      Photo Credit: Alfred Muller
      A report published on Monday by NGO Monitor reveals that several European governments, as well as the United States and Canada, have been providing funds for church-based efforts to delegitimize Israel, starting at the 2001 UN Durban Conference, and continuing with boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) over the past decade.
      These tax-payer funds are disbursed as grants to church-based humanitarian NGOs, which then transfer these funds to highly politicized pro-Palestinian NGOs.

      Since last year when the Korach כְּמִתְאֹנְנִים kimit'oninim, like "murmurers" faux social justice sic  began their well-funded anti-government campaign all over Israel, I've been wondering who's funding them.  Those faux social justice agitators are like weeds that started off looking like attractive wild flowers and have ended up damaging the garden.

      Who's funding the Korach agitators?

      It's no secret that the New Israel Fund has been training anti-government activists on how to most effectively protest.  And not only does the NIF deal with protests, it trains representatives on how to fundraise, how to research foundations and request money.  For thirty years, the best place to learn how to raise money for NPO's amutot in Israel is taking a course run by Shatil of the New Israel Fund.

      SHATIL, the New Israel Fund's empowerment and training center was established in 1982 to promote democracy, tolerance, and social justice in Israel. Recognizing the need for building a strong civil society in Israel, SHATIL, Israel's leading capacity building center for social change organizations, provides over 1000 non-profit organizations with consulting and training in organizational development, advocacy, media and PR, coalition building, resource development and volunteer management each year.
      SHATIL has been promoting civil society and helping Israeli society put democratic principles into practice for the past 30 years.
      With offices in Haifa- serving the northern periphery, Beersheva- serving the southern periphery, and Jerusalem in the center of the country, SHATIL's multi-cultural staff has a broad understanding of Israeli society and is in the position to help the third sector mobilize to promote civil society in Israel.

      Most people have no idea how long The New Israel Fund has been working on their project to mold Israel into the secular Leftist country they want.  For years, David Bedein and I have been talking about doing something similar to make a stronger Jewish Israel.  He has done impressive work with his Israel Behind The News, but we still have nothing to counter Shatil in terms of helping the various pro-Jewish rights in the Land of Israel groups.  We need the empowerment and we need to reach out. 

      Our internal enemies are getting strong.  Actually the violence in this year's protests have made me more optimistic, because their true natures are being revealed.  Ruthie Blum writes about them from her perspective in Israel Hayom.

      Last summer, when the social protest tents started popping up on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, I knew I was going to have to absent myself from the festivities — other than to become an observer for the purpose of anthropological, psychological, sociological, cultural and political analysis.

      And it really bummed me out not to be able to participate...
      ...But it was not to be, which is just as well; the current round of demonstrations have a much more menacing — and less hippy-dippy — flavor than last year’s. And fighting the police is simply not my thing. In fact, if there’s one population in this country that cannot make ends meet financially it’s the people in the police force. Furthermore, unlike the leaders of the “occupy Tel Aviv” movement — who have white-collar backgrounds — most of the men and women in blue do not even have affluent moms and dads on whom to fall back when the bills pile up....
      ...The trouble with those guys is that they, too, live according to socialist — not capitalist — norms, by controlling the price of goods and services. This goes against the free market; it is not a product of it... read more

      Like many of the Leftist propaganda, they coat it with attractive candy-wrapping, but the inside is dangerous to our health and dangerous to the security and continued existence of the State of Israel.

      Adar 18, 5772, 3/12/2012

      The Iron Dome Is Just A "Band-Aid," Not A Solution

      Not for the first time, Israel is being attacked and not only doesn't the world care, but our government has buried its head in the sand relying on photo-ops and blustery announcements.

      Here in Shiloh, I'm still blogging about all sorts of things on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  How long will Bibi debate the pros and cons about when and if to bomb Iran's nuclear production?  Now he wants Obama's "permission."  If Obama will give it, it'll just be his way to try to rid the world of Israel.  That's how I see it.

      This morning I blogged about the Iron Dome:

      The Iron Dome Is Just A "Band-Aid," Not A Solution

      The Israeli Government has been trying to sedate its citizens about the dangers from the Gazan Arab terrorists who have been attacking southern Israel by bragging about how many missiles have been stopped by the Iron Dome.

      The Iron Dome has made it a bit safer for Israel's south, but it has no effect on Gaza.  It just encourages our enemies to try harder to destroy us.

      The aim of the Arab terrorists, whether from Gaza or any place else, is the destruction of the State of Israel.  They shouldn't be treated like annoyances.  They are serious aggressors.  All of Israel's south and major farmland areas are in their sites.  Beersheva has been hit.

      Why is life going on as usual in the rest of the country?!?  It's outrageous and dangerous!

      Shevat 12, 5772, 2/5/2012

      Those Who "Talk" and Those Who "Do"

      We're in the Jewish Month of Shvat, and my community of Shiloh is celebrating 34 years since the Jewish return.  Read more of my writing on  me-ander and Shiloh Musings.

      And just to let you know next month's Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh will be:

      The Rosh Chodesh Adar Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
      Friday, February 24, 2012 8:30am
      Shiur Torah, Short Tour & Torah Lesson
      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
      תפילת נשים ראש חודש אדר בתל שילה
      יום ו' 24-2 8:30
      יהיו סיור ודבר תורה קצרים
      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

      Those Who "Talk" and Those Who "Do"

      Re: Bombing Iran's nuclear development/industry.  I think all the talking about it has made it a bad idea.

      The best quotation I found is this one, although I was sure there would be plenty of others about the talkers vs the doers:

      Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
      Thomas Jefferson

      Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/talk.html#ixzz1lUPddb2N

      The only way the bombing would have had been a good idea would have been before all these years of useless yapping. It should have been a surprise attack. Now the Iranians are ready and waiting to attack back to defend themselves and destroy us.  All the talk has done was to give them more time to develop their weapons and make us look like fools.

      Another problem is involving the United States, if Israel was to take it on.  The United States should do it if they really consider themselves "leader of the free world."  Whoever would dare to bomb the Iranian atomic bomb factory would be the true leader.  I don't see the USA in that category.  And whatever Israel does, or doesn't do, it will be condemned.

      Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak is a talker, not a doerMaybe when he was a young soldier he was different, but in recent decades he has been an embarrassment, just talking and threatening.

      With Barak making decisions, nothing will be done except attacking Jews, like in Migron.

      Ehud Barak should do the job he was assigned and defend Israeli citizens from our true enemies. This week's Parshat Shavua, Weekly Torah Portion said it well:

      ט וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בְּחַר-לָנוּ אֲנָשִׁים, וְצֵא הִלָּחֵם בַּעֲמָלֵק; מָחָר, אָנֹכִי נִצָּב עַל-רֹאשׁ הַגִּבְעָה, וּמַטֵּה הָאֱלֹהִים, בְּיָדִי. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua: 'Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.' י וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמַר-לוֹ מֹשֶׁה--לְהִלָּחֵם, בַּעֲמָלֵק; וּמֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן וְחוּר, עָלוּ רֹאשׁ הַגִּבְעָה. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. יא וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר יָרִים מֹשֶׁה יָדוֹ--וְגָבַר יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְכַאֲשֶׁר יָנִיחַ יָדוֹ, וְגָבַר עֲמָלֵק. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. יב וִידֵי מֹשֶׁה כְּבֵדִים, וַיִּקְחוּ-אֶבֶן וַיָּשִׂימוּ תַחְתָּיו וַיֵּשֶׁב עָלֶיהָ; וְאַהֲרֹן וְחוּר תָּמְכוּ בְיָדָיו, מִזֶּה אֶחָד וּמִזֶּה אֶחָד, וַיְהִי יָדָיו אֱמוּנָה, עַד-בֹּא הַשָּׁמֶשׁ. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. יג וַיַּחֲלֹשׁ יְהוֹשֻׁעַ אֶת-עֲמָלֵק וְאֶת-עַמּוֹ, לְפִי-חָרֶב. {פ} 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. {P} יד וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, כְּתֹב זֹאת זִכָּרוֹן בַּסֵּפֶר, וְשִׂים, בְּאָזְנֵי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ: כִּי-מָחֹה אֶמְחֶה אֶת-זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק, מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Write this for a memorial in the book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.' טו וַיִּבֶן מֹשֶׁה, מִזְבֵּחַ; וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ, יְהוָה נִסִּי. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Adonai-nissi. טז וַיֹּאמֶר, כִּי-יָד עַל-כֵּס יָהּ, מִלְחָמָה לַיהוָה, בַּעֲמָלֵק--מִדֹּר, דֹּר. {פ} 16 And he said: 'The hand upon the throne of the LORD: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.' {P}

      Tevet 14, 5772, 1/9/2012

      With Those Arabs, There Can't Be Peace

      I get so busy with my life and regular blogging that I forget to post here.  Please check out the latest Havel Havelim, a compilation of blog posts from Jewish blogs all over the world.  I also post frequently on me-ander and Shiloh Musings, which you can read for more variety and opinions.

      With Those Arabs, There Can't Be Peace

      The other day, I found myself watching an episode of the TV show "24," and I couldn't stop laughing.  No, it's not a comedy, certainly not intentionally by the screenwriters.  It's a very tense drama, but there was some dialogue that ran so true, I thought I was eavesdropping on high-ranking politicians/diplomats/policy-makers.  One character, Jack Bauer, was looking on incredulously while the other Allison Taylor, who is supposed to be President of the USA, was insisting that his actions would damage the "peace process."  She was part of negotiations to "bring peace" to a part of the world that "never had peace before."  Granted, I'm paraphrasing from memory.

      How many times have international and Israeli politicians/diplomats said the same fantasy-filled junk/lies?

      "Happily ever after" may be the perfect ending to a fictional fairy tale, book or movie, but in real life we have enemies who can't change their "stripes," feelings, ideologies, psyches etc.  Israel has Arab enemies who aren't shy about telling the truth.  They want to destroy us!  Ignoring this easy to verify fact is the biggest danger to world peace than any other thing going on in the world today! 

      In real life people are murdered by terrorists.  It's irreversible.

      Caroline Glick's article about the "land for peace hoax" is a must-read.  Another necessary read is PMW, Palestinian Media Watch, which is now also in עברית Hebrew.

      Will there ever be peace?  G-d willing, in the future there will be peace, but it's not something we can "buy," negotiate etc.  True peace will evolve, when the Arabs realize that we are strong and can't be budged.  So, the truth is that, yes, peace is up to us, but being "nice" won't get us peace. 

      Only if we're strong, determined and faithful to G-d and our Land will we have true peace!

      Tevet 8, 5772, 1/3/2012

      Paving The Way to True Peace

      Rosh Chodesh Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Batya Medad

      Sorry I haven't posted here recently.  If you miss my words and messages, then read Shiloh Musings and me-ander, which are updated daily.  I know that it's still a few weeks until Rosh Chodesh Shvat, but it's not too early to save the date for Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh.

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh

      Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Wednesday, Januay 25, 2011 8:30am

      Shiur Torah, Short Tour & Torah Lesson

      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

      תפילת נשים ראש חודש שבט בתל שילה

      יום ד' 25-1 8:30

      יהיו סיור ודבר תורה קצרים

      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

      There's always up-to-date information on our facebook page.  Please join it, thanks.

      And now for the "main course."  Your reactions are welcome.  Please share, thanks.

      Paving The Way to True Peace

      • The key to true peace is tolerating others.
      • The key to true peace is the cessation of violence, terrorism.
      • The key to true peace is accepting that everyone has the right to live without threats of terror, violence.
      • The key to true peace is when everyone can practice his/her religion.

      When it comes to "peace in the Middle-East" none of these requirements should be ignored.  There won't be peace without them.  Any proposal, requirement for a willingness to negotiate sic that demands that one side be forbidden civil, human and religious rights won't lead to peace.

      Peace can't be "negotiated" when one side is out to ELIMINATE the other in every sense of the word.  It's a sham, and it's a shame that our Israeli Government, led by the Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu doesn't have the guts to tell the truth.

      Whether it's the "Quartet," the United Nations Obama or the Pope is the "mediator," no peace can be brokered, negotiated.  Very simple, the Arabs aren't ready.  They are still scheming to destroy the State of Israel and all the Jews who reside here.

      • True peace will only come when the world accepts and celebrates our, the Jewish right to live here in our historic Homeland.
      • True peace will only come when the Jewish People actively inherit The Land, conquor it, as we are commanded in the Bible.
      • The true most accurate indication that we are actively inheriting our Holyland is that we are building homes for Jews.

      The house across the street is growing rapidly. 

      The more Jews build, the stronger we'll get.  The stronger we get, the more the Arabs will fear us. The more the Arabs fear us, the safer we will be, until the day comes when the Arabs will be ready for peace, true peace.

      May more and more Jews live in our Historic Homeland.