Friday, February 24, 2017

What Was and Wasn't in 1938 Compared to Today

This is a 1938 aerial photograph of the Temple Mount, view from south-east:

And in this copy I point out the differences between 1938 and 2017:

A whole building to the east of Al-Aqsa Mosque gone. Alterations in footpaths, planting groves of trees (done to hide Jewish period remains, especially there to the north-west where Herodian-era stones were seen) and more.

For recent comparison view from north-east:

No status-quo in this field of Waqf activity.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Linda Sarsour and A Jewish Cemetery

You've read that BDS activist Palestinian Linda Sarsour is raising tens of thousands of dollars for a vandalized Jewish cemetery saying she hopes crowdfunding effort will help bring ‘a sense of security’ to US Jews

Why does she really do this?

Israellycool knows. Go there.

You're frustrated. Angry.

She upstaged the American Jewish community.

She's gaining national attention.

Jewish liberals are flocking to her.

But you have this feeling she's politically and culturally and religiously poison.

So, what's there to do?

Simple. Begin a campaign to have her raise money, from Muslims only, for another desecrated and defaced cemetery: that on the Mount of Olives.

Har HaZeitim — The Mount of Olives — is Judaism’s oldest and holiest cemetery, the resting place of more than 150,000 Jewish souls. And yet through neglect and acts of hatred, it has been desecrated, its graves destroyed, and its visitors and mourners attacked. 

It is a place for Arab youngsters to do drugs:

Where Arabs throw rocks.

And where graves are desecrated by Arabs.

And vandalized:

And smashed.

Shattered as in this photo by Marc Israel Sellem in the Jerusalem Post:

Demand of Linda Sarsour Mulsim money to make up for Muslim crimes against the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

That would be most approproate.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

How Many Words Is This Picture Worth?

Found at the MyIsrael FB page.

It shows a snap by Yechezkel Blumstein

The soldier is located at Charesha.

Where is Charesha?

It is in the western section of the Binyamin regional council, in the Talmonim Bloc.

And it is 40 kilometers from Tel Aviv:

That's why demilitarization of any Arab entity is an essential demand of Israel if any possible solution is proposed.   And why its rejection by Abbas and crew is a non-starter for Israel.


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It Was More Than 100 Years of Anti-Semitism at the State Department

At 1:34-35 into the confirmation hearing of David Friedman, this was said by Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey):


That should have been "more than 100 years".

Consider this, about Selah Merrill

he was an anti-Semite, opposed to Jewish immigration and settlement in Palestine, he was as good as a sworn enemy to the Yishuv. Indeed, he would famously conclude that "1. Palestine is not ready for the Jews. 2. The Jews are not ready for Palestine." What the Jews wanted, he believed, wasn’t land to colonize, but cities "where they can live on the fortunes or the misfortunes of other people." He even felt that there must have been some hidden justification for the persecution of the Jews in Russia, or that government would not have been so anxious to get rid of them. The effects of this anti-Semitism, unfortunately, were vast: because his first term as consul (1882-84) coincided with the beginnings of Jewish agricultural settlement in Palestine, Merrill’s prejudice would help shape the State Department’s antagonistic attitude to the Jewish people in the Holy Land.


Selah Merrill, having held the post of U.S. Consul at Jerusalem for almost three decades – appointed by three Republican presidents – is here installed in that position for the last time by President McKinley. Added to Merrill’s record of longevity, is this dubious distinction: he is generally considered the greatest reviler of the Jews to ever occupy the post of consul at Jerusalem.

And this, that

his views on Jews in then Palestine whose "combination of acute interest in the ancient Hebrews and intense disdain for their modern descendants bears examination...Merrill’s case is especially intriguing because his attitude towards Jews had political consequences. With the advent of Zionism, these ambivalent attitudes affected the consideration of Jewish claims..." 

That was from Shalom Goldman's study which includes also this: “The Jew needs to learn that his place in the world will be determined by what he can do for himself, and not so much by what Abraham did for himself four thousand years ago. It has a most mischevious effect to be always associating the modern Jews with eminent men and deeds in the remote ages of the past.”* So wrote Selah Merrill, U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, in a report on Palestine. Merrill felt impelled to include in his report a long section entitled “Jews and Jewish Colonies in Palestine” in response to the Blackstone Memorial of 1891, which petitioned President Benjamin Harrison to support the convening of an international conference to discuss Jewish claims to Palestine. The Blackstone Memorial had over four hundred prominent signatories, the vast majority of them Protestants; for many of them the contemporary Jews were the natural heirs of the ancient Hebrews: “Why not give Palestine back to them again? According to God’s distribution of nations, it is their home, an inalienable possession, from which they were expelled by force.” 1

It was just such restorationist sentiment that Merrill so vehemently opposed. His report calls the memorial “one of the wildest schemes brought before the public.” It is the “character and habits of the modern Jews” that will doom their Palestine settlement efforts to failure. According to Merrill, the originators of the petition “appear to be ignorant of two great facts, (1) that Palestine is not ready for the Jews and (2) that the Jews are not ready for Palestine.”

And this list from a German language research paper:

This is in addition to this evidence from the text of a note from Secretary of State Robert Lansing to President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 opposing the US's endorsement of the Balfour Declaration.



See now Caroline Glick's piece on institutionalized US anti-Semitism and especially Senator

Menendez’s antisemitic behavior at Friedman’s confirmation hearing and to the general problem of antisemitism in America.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Adding Zeroes to Zionism and Israel

No, not negative zeroes.

Monetary zeroes.

I'll be attending tomorrow, Thursday February 16, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding conference.

There'll be over 17,000 accredited investors on the platform with $400M invested to date in platform, 110 companies and five funds.

It's reported that the largest funding momentum coming from Asia/Pacific region.

But what's more important are the products which include pioneering investments in new areas including Machine Learning, Robotics, Agtech, SportsTech, Digital Health and Space.

Israel's ability to help mankind is amazing.

And it's all the initiative of OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform.

There'll be 6,000 guests from 82 countries at its OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. 

The event takes place all day this Thursday, February 16th, 2017, at the International Convention Center (ICC), Binyenei HaUmah.

“This is by far the largest equity crowdfunding conference in the world, and Israel’s largest investor event ever,” said Jon Medved, OurCrowd founder and CEO. “We have twice the number of attendees that we had last year, giving proof to the tremendous vitality and dynamism in the global equity crowdfunding market.”

The theme of the Summit is “The Future is Here” and includes over 60 booths demonstrating a variety of frontier technologies already changing the world, including industrial drones, companion care robots, miniature spectrometers to “google” everything, tracking devices with centimeter accuracy, phone based glucose monitors, and much more.

Over 200 multinational corporations are expected.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

He's 'Uber-Wrong'

At Twitter, I put this up:

Please Call Your Senator To Support Trump’s Pro-Israel Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman …

Then ‏@UberPollster posted:

@ymedad, please call your Senator and have them request that David Friedman retracts his Anti-Semitic statements and apologizes.

I replied

.@UberPollster Am surprised even in jest you use that terminology,especially with handle of "Uber". Beinart & Co. channel real antiSemitism.

And it continued:

@ymedad no jest there. Friedman comments reprehensible. If establishment rightists had any integrity they would oppose until he retracts.

@UberPollster nope. Kapos at least had Nazis lording over them.
Progressives do it of their own free will.

@ymedad another Anti-Semitic comment disparaging other Jews because they have a different vision of Israel than you. The 3rd Exile is coming

.@UberPollster sorry. you can repeat a falsehood but it won't stick.
I hope your polls are better fact-based.

@ymedad  dont know what falsehood you are referring too. You made a number of accusations and disparaging remarks towards others, I didnt.

@UberPollster no I didn't. you slightly misquoted Friedman's remarks as anti-Semitic. not kapos:
"smug advocates of Israel’s destruction"

For the record, here are Friedman's words:

“Finally, are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty, and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”

He actually does not directly call J Streeters 'kapos' but, in comparing the circumstances, thinks that acting out of free will and from relative comfort, their harmful actions are worse.

And in that piece, he levels an accusation of harshness at President Obama:

any public figure who finds it difficult to condemn it as such without diluting the message with geo-political drivel is engaging in “blatant anti-Semitism.”

To clarify my own thinking, I do not think using Nazi-era vocabulary is a particularly wise or correct tactic.  I personally think Arab terrorists are usually worse than Nazis: have you ever read of a Nazi committing suicide to kill Jews? 

Charging Mr. Friedman with "anti-Semitism" is simply incorrect, uber-wrong.


Monday, February 13, 2017

America and Israel's 1949 Geography


767N.901/12–1549: Telegram
The Chargé in Jordan (Fritzlan) to the Secretary of State
Amman, December 15, 1949—10 a. m.secretpriority421. Legtel 418 December 12. 
Yesterday evening I had hour and half talk with Samir Pasha Rifai re results fourth meeting with Israelis held Shuneh Tuesday nite presence King.
Following questions listed for discussion and trend talks as follows according Samir:
1.Territorial settlement including Jordan access Mediterranean.2.Jerusalem.3.Tulkarm triangle (approved for separate discussion after Israeli opposition).4.Israeli road link along west shore Dead Sea connecting potash works.5.Application British treaty Arab Palestine.6.Present and future treaty obligations both parties (this inserted request Israel and aimed Jordan obligations under AL charter).

First question passed over on insistence Israelis (desiring doubtless test extent Jordan concessions before revealing their hand access to sea) but on Samir’s condition it be discussed before meeting ended as it was crucial question.

Be Jerusalem, Israelis demanded change line afford them contiguity of territory with Jew quarter and Wailing Wall in old city and with Mt. Scopus institutions. Samir recognized reasonableness former and King readily assented but Samir stated Jordan could not consider latter but would be willing guarantee free access. This of course predicated on conclusion general agreement which would change line giving Jordan Nablus, St Pauls and Bethlehem roads and territory east and would provide compensation for certain Arab quarters. Such arrangement seemed in general satisfactory to Israelis.

First, free access was never granted even though it was part of the Armistice Agreement signed, see Article VIII

Second, awarding to Jordan the streets of "St. Paul's", today Shivtei Yisrael, and Bethlehem would have been a debacle and more of a constant security threat than what was during the 19 years of the illegal Jordanian occupation.

Third, the territorial demand of a land access corridor across the Negev illustrates just how crazy some geographical demands can be and how easily America was willing to facilitate such an idea, to Israel's detriment.