July 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

Yesterday safta Reuma received a certificat from bituach leumi stating she is 100 years old.

In fact she is probably some years older. But back in Sanaa they didn’t issue birth certificates, a 100 years ago. So when her passport was issued it was decided that she was born on 1.1.1910.

She has six children, 24 grandchildren and 15 grandchildren, so far. (Actually she had more children: two children were kidnapped in Israel and part of the kidnapped Yemenite children; one child was killed by a British soldier, because he felt like; one was killed by a snake; and one or two died in Yemen.)

She came to Israel before there was Israel as a state, by foot from Yemen.


Approval of the Arab League

July 11, 2010 at 10:04 am | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

According to the official, however, the US administration is now pressing the PA to move on to direct negotiations.

“We’re under pressure to agree to direct negotiations with Israel,” the official said.

“Such a move requires the approval of the Arab League.”


The Little General does not like Spain

July 8, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in Germany, Israel | Leave a comment

The game between Argentina and Germany had been on Shabat so that I could not see. But the Little General did let me know about what happened and she was enthusiastic about it. When I saw it on Sunday morning I could understand. Yesterday the Little General was outraged. She mentioned several times, how she is hating Spain now. And added “beetzem, I hate the Israelis who are with Spain.”

I haven’t been to Germany for some time, so I can only rely on what is going on their by reading the news and by talking to friends, but in recent years international football tournaments have revitalized a public form of German nationalism which you would not have see some years ago by ordinary people.

In the German team there a quite a few Germans with a migration background. This feds up far right nationalists (Nazis) who thing that this is a bad development and which makes them turn away from the national football team. On the other hand also immigrants cheer the team and express nationalism, waving flags etc. This (nationalism) however feds up leftists and causes tensions.


June 28, 2010 at 9:59 am | Posted in Germany, Israel | Leave a comment

“Mondial” that’s the Hebrew word for the World Cup. And while this World Cup is going on I get the impression Israelis favor Germany to some extend; traditionally Israelis support Holland. I watched the Germany-Ghana game at a beach in Tel Aviv, public viewing. And it seemed that everybody wanted Germany to win.

The Little General for sure is a supporter of Germany. Yesterday she sent me updates about the goals while I was sitting in the Yeshiva. And lately the Little General reasoned which of the teams are worth of sympathy. Brazil was out fast, since Brazil built up friendship with Iran lately. Argentina is not popular in her ranking, don’t know why. England, well, England. The English killed an uncle of her when he was a baby, in the 40s, a British soldier took him threw him on the ground; so, no, England is out. Spain, no no, “they are all anti-Semites”, till today. But what about Germany, wasn’t there anything? Sometimes I get the impression, that Israelis feel sorry for Germans; sometimes I have the impression that Israelis feel sorry for the Germans, because the Germans have this terrible past.

The little general

June 1, 2010 at 12:41 am | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Germany, Israel, Palestinians, The media | Leave a comment

The little general felt uncomfortable this morning. “The whole world hates us, the whole world are anti-Semites.” I did not know what she was talking about. But then I heard it on the radio too. Several died when Israeli forces took control over some ships aiding for Gaza. The little general ordered me to check what German media is reporting, are they biased, do they report accurate? Well, some are, few do. Mostly they just copied and pasted agency reports. And the foreign minister had the urge to make a statement about proportionality before it was even clear what happened. He did that when even the Israeli media was not clear about what was happened.

Back home after a long day in university (4 hours) I saw the footage of the Israeli forces, showing a mob that tried to lynch Israeli soldiers (or how should I call it when 5 to 10 people beat a person lying on the ground with iron rods?). By the way: what where these rods doing there in the first place? On the ship of “peace/humanitarian/human rights activists”?

The little general did not stop to see the news report. On 4 of 5 Israeli public channels, non-stop. I had enough. I was rebuked, that this is important and that the world needs to know, that this was not Israel’s fault. I insisted that this is what people want to hear and that the truth will not convince them.

Eventually I watched “The Fugitive”. 1993’s blockbuster. And Dr. Kimble still made it. Everybody thought he was guilty and he was sentenced to death. But there were some that did care about the truth and in the end the truth came out of the darkness in which it hides and the one everybody blamed for murder was proven innocent, chaf mipesha.

Der Judenstaat

March 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Islam, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I live in a mixed neighborhood. Mixed means that Jews and Arabs are living here (while the term “mixed marriage” in Israel mostly means (or at least used to mean) that an Ashkenazi Jew marries a Sfardi/Mizrachi Jew). About 30 m from where I am sitting now is a mosque. Four times a day I can here the cal for prayer (for whatever reason there is not call before dawn). The carpenter shop where I bought my closet is run by Arabs and Jews together (I think Ahmed is the boss). The Jews are observant. The door of the shop has a mezuza. The mini market where I sometimes shop is run by Arabs who even when they talk to each other use hebrew words. Some time ago I overheard an old Arab couple (the woman was covering her hair) talking Hebrew to each other. Ajami is not far. Everybody here is living his life. Together, in peace. There is sometimes trouble, like there is everywhere. Gentrification makes living more expensive. But that is nothing uncommon anywhere else in the world.

Peace is very easily possible, when just one think is accepted: This is Israel, a country founded by Jews and this will stay Israel, a country founded by Jews.

anti-judaism, anti-semitism, anti-zionism

December 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Germany, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I usually do not tend to tell people what to get and read. Everybody wants to do so can go to a nearby library and find what he wants and needs. But recently I stumbled upon some intriguing literature. And given that a considerable part of this blog deals with Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism and Radical Islam, I while do so anyway:

Lewis, Bernard. “Semites and anti-Semites,” in Bernard Lewis,”Islam in History.”

Sivan, Emmanuel. “Islamic Fundamentalism and Antisemitism.”

A symposium on antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: held at the van leer Institute, Jerusalem, November 1st, 1982 / chairman: Yehuda Bauer ; lecturers: Shlomo Avineri, Robert Wistrich.

ARD and Dershowitz

November 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

1. A link to a almost one year old video by ARD (German state TV channel) concerning last winter’s Gaza war:

00:39-01:02 min: “civilians” with assault rifles

02:05-02:20 min: Palestinian working for German television channel says he is afraid terrorist might fire rockets from his roof

03:40-04:00 min: journalist attacked by Palestinian terrorists

2. Dershowitz on Goldstone.


November 18, 2009 at 11:57 am | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I don’t get the UN. Everytime when Israel builds some houses on disputed land, the UN chief condemns that.

Yet, people in Sudan are murdered every day but he doesn’t talk about it. Is it really worse to build a house on land that – as many argue – belongs to the Palestinians than killing 300 000 Africans?

Does this bigotery have anyuthing to do with the fact that in one action Jews are involved?

A state

November 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel, Palestinians, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The PLO has come up with the idea of declaring a Palestinian state. One should wonder, why it took them more than 60 years to come up with that, but that is an old hat.

But the questions remains: How can they declare a state without having sovereignty? Gaza is under the control of Hamas, and most of the West Bank is under the control of the Israeli Army.

In 1948 there was a chance to declare an Arab state in Mandatory Palestine. It was rejected, because the Arabs could not accept a Jewish state in Palestine. Eventually Gaza was ruled by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan. No attempts by Palestinians were made to gain statehood, or even independence from these Arab states, not even some sort of autonomy. In the war of 1967 Jordan and Egypt lost these territories to Israel and Israel has now the problem that they bring with them.

The PLO can declare a Palestinian state. But what do they gain if this declaration will not be transported to reality?

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