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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.

      Av 29, 5769, 8/19/2009

      Atrocity You Want? Atrocity You'll Get


      If you haven't as yet, go read a story about IDF soldiers "farming" Pal. bodies for organs.

      But if these Swedish antisemites want atrocity stories, they should go to the English Historical Review, Vol. 124, No. 507 to read an article by Matthew Hughes on "The Banality of Brutality: British Armed Forces and the Repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936–39*.

      It seems that the British killed Arabs with their rifle butts; left them out, in Halhoul, in a cage in the sun with no water to die; loaded 50 Arabs on to a bus and drove it over a landmine after one of their patrols had earlier been ambushed near Bassa in the North; regulary smashed, slapped and beat up Arabs in police stations and machine-gunned villages as part of 'punitive' measures; and it goes on and on.

      Now, I wouldn't want you to think that I am asking you to forgive immoral and illegal actions taken by IDF troops just because someone else did something similar or even worse.

      But I just can't fathom the warped minds who hate Jews not because we actually did anything but because they need someone and something to hate.