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Monday, November 24, 2014

Chilling audio of R. Moshe Twersky HY"D talking about sanctifying God's name in death

Received by email (Hat Tip: Abraham S).

Chilling audio of Rav Moshe Twersky Hy"d, who was killed in Tuesday's terror attack in Har Nof. In the audio, the 59-year-old senior maggid shiur at Yeshiva Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim is addressing his talmidim (students) on Tuesday, June 22, 2012. He is discussing the topic of kiddush Hashem (sanctifying God's Name) and tells his talmidim (students) that it could "happen anywhere."

"Again, you have to be ready for kiddush Hashem. You can never tell. One never knows," Rav Twersky is heard saying. "It could happen anywhere. It could happen in Moscow, it could happen in Paris, in London, it could happen in New York, it could happen in Yerushalayim somewhere. Some Arab could come up with a knife and it could happen. It could happen. Not mufkah (implausible) today. Anywhere. Any place. Anytime. Any place it could happen."

Indeed it did, Hashem yeracheim (May God Have mercy). This great gaon (genius) in Torah and avodah (worshiping God) lived a life of kiddush Hashem and lost his life al kiddush Hashem. He continues
to serve as a source of inspiration to his talmidim (students) and now to tens of thousands all over the world. Yehi zichro boruch (May his memory be blessed). Hashem yikom domov (May God Avenge his blood).

And here's the audio (in English this time). 


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Terrorists' mothers demand sons' bodies

Last Tuesday, I reported that Jerusalem police did not intend to return the Har Nof terrorists' bodies. Now, the proud mothers are demanding that the bodies be turned over to them.
“Let them destroy the houses, but we want the bodies back. We will not calm down until we bury them,” said Fatma Abu Jamal, the mother of Uday.
“The deaths of the cousins hurts us, but I am proud of my son,” Zakia Abu Jamal, Ghassan’s mother, told Ynet. “I didn’t get the feeling that my son was about to die as a martyr. He acted completely normal, but, unfortunately, was is happening at al-Aqsa [mosque] is the cause of a lot of tension and anger,” she added, referring to recent violence at the Temple Mount and widespread Palestinian assertions — denied by Israel — that Israel is planning to change the status quo at the site, the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Fatma Abu Jamal said she was anxious to receive the body of her son. “We want to have the bodies so we can decide where to bury them, and not the Israeli government. They killed them, what more do they want from us?” she said.
Let them starve themselves to death. There is absolutely no way that our government should allow them to incite the 'Palestinian' masses by a public funeral.

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The military option is back on the table

Have to get someone to photoshop Hassan Rohani into this photoshop....

Michael Willner of the JPost reports that Israel is putting its military option to take out Iran's nuclear weapons back on the table in light of the deal that is being reached in Vienna.
World powers have presented Iran with an accord that would restrict its nuclear program for roughly ten years and cap its ability to produce fissile material for a weapon during that time to a minimum nine-month additional period, from the current three months.

Should Tehran agree, the deal may rely on Russia to convert Iran's current uranium stockpile into fuel rods for peaceful use. The proposal would also include an inspection regime that would attempt to follow the program's entire supply chain, from the mining of raw material to the syphoning of that material to various nuclear facilities across Iran.

Israel's leaders believe the best of a worst-case scenario, should that deal be reached, is for inspections to go perfectly and for Iran to choose to abide by the deal for the entire decade-long period.

But "our intelligence agencies are not perfect," an Israeli official said. "We did not know for years about Natanz and Qom. And inspection regimes are certainly not perfect. They weren't in the case in North Korea, and it isn't the case now – Iran's been giving the IAEA the run around for years about its past activities."

"What's going to happen with that?" the official continued. "Are they going to sweep that under the rug if there's a deal?"


But compounding Israel's fears, the proposal Jerusalem has seen shows that mass dismantlement of Iran's nuclear infrastructure – including the destruction, and not the mere warehousing, of its parts – is no longer on the table in Vienna.

"Iran's not being asked to dismantle the nuclear infrastructure," the Israeli official said, having seen the proposal before the weekend. "Right now what they're talking about is something very different. They're talking about Ayatollah Khamenei allowing the P5+1 to save face."


Yet, more than any single enforcement standard or cap included in the deal, Israel believes the Achilles' heel of the proposed agreement is its definitive end date – the sunset clause.

"You've not dismantled the infrastructure, you've basically tried to put limits that you think are going to be monitored by inspectors and intelligence," said the official, "and then after this period of time, Iran is basically free to do whatever it wants."
The result is that Israel is once again weighing a military option.
Without an exit ramp, Israel insists its hands will not be tied by an agreement reached this week, this month or next, should it contain a clause that ultimately normalizes Iran's home-grown enrichment program.

On the surface, its leadership dismisses fears that Israel will be punished or delegitimized if it disrupts an historic, international deal on the nuclear program with unilateral military action against its infrastructure.

By framing the deal as fundamentally flawed, regardless of its enforcement, Israel is telling the world that it will not wait to see whether inspectors do their jobs as ordered.

"Ten, fifteen years in the life of a politician is a long time," the Israeli said, in a vague swipe against the political directors now scrambling in Vienna. "In the life of a nation, it's nothing."

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'Palestinians' try to justify Har Nof terror attack

This Facebook post is simply beyond belief:

The four men who were murdered last Tuesday were all apolitical. None of them came here to 'occupy' anything. They came here because Jews are commanded by God to live in the land of Israel.

And you still think the 'Palestinians' are interested in peace?

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What excites 'human rights watch's Whitson

Here's what gets 'human rights watch's Sarah Leah Whitson all riled up:
Funny. In the United States, if someone sells drugs in a house, the house is subject to forfeiture, even if the owner knew nothing about it. Does Whitson consider that 'medieval'?

Home demolition as punishment was brought to this country by the British Mandate. Does Whitson consider Britain 'medieval'?

Egypt flattened 800 homes to make a buffer between Gaza and its Rafah border. Don't recall hearing Whitson calling that 'medieval.' 

Or maybe Whitson's real problem with home demolitions is if they're carried out by Israel.

Just sayin'....

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Anyone in Boston today?

They got the name of the synagogue wrong (it's called Kehillat Bnei Torah) but here are the details of Sunday's vigil in Boston.

Copley Square Plaza
Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 4:30 PM

Please spread the word
Bring signs, candles, flashlights and glowsticks.
Remind the world that Israelis must be able to pray in peace,
without fear from HAMAS-inspired murderers.
Stand up for those who are no longer here to stand up for themselves.
Sponsors (in formation) Include:

Young Israel of Brookline
Kehillath Israel
Maimonides School           
Temple Reyim
Boston Israel Action Committee
Congregation Beth El Atereth Israel
Temple Emeth
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah

Three of the four victims of Tuesday's terror attack were Americans (the fourth was British), and one of them was a Bostonian.


There's a similar event in Toronto on Tuesday. But this one isn't only Jews.

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This man was a Gmach

A Gmach is a kindness fund. There are all kinds of Gmach's in Jerusalem. Some find rides. Some lend chairs or benches. Some lend pillows on which to place a newborn baby before and after his circumcision. But only one lent freezers. That Gmach's owner was murdered in last Tuesday's terror attack. His name was R. Aryeh Kupinsky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood). Here's his story. (Again, with apologies to those who don't understand the occasional Hebrew that's thrown in).
Now, Aryeh was a big man. He towered over most anyone, was broad in the shoulders and deep in the chest, and he had a long, red beard.
But it was not his physical appearance that allowed Rafi to recall him. Stricken, he asked, “Aryeh Kupinsky? The one who always had a big smile?” Aryeh was a doer. When I think of him, the image my mind conjures up is one of Aryeh in motion. Long legs taking great strides, powerful arms reaching out with great sweeping gestures. And what is Aryeh doing? Why, he’s helping someone. Aryeh lived for others. His first thought was never for himself.
As Rabbi Jonathan Taub put it so well, Aryeh was simply incapable of being a guest at a Simcha. If he was there early, then he would single-handedly flip over tables and set them on their feet. He often did not leave until everything was put away. Once, a friend insisted that he sit, enjoy himself, and let those who were hired do the work. When he next saw Aryeh, he had lugged in all of the cartons of drinks that he had located outside of the hall, and he was finishing loading them into the refrigerator.
How many times had I heard him say, “What can I do to help?” When I first came to Yeshivah nearly two decades ago, someone explained to me that Aryeh Kupinsky was a person who would “Do anything, for anyone, at any time”. Aryeh was recently married when I first met him, but I heard that in his dorm room when he was a Bachur, he had put up a sign that read, “Please borrow anything – no need to ask”. Who DOES that?
Aryeh acted quickly and quietly. He asked for no recognition,and many were unaware of things that he had done. Here is one example that comes to mind. On Tisha b’Av for the past number of years, on the Neve campus, there has been a very well-attended program featuring superb lecturers. Beginning with Shacharis and ending with Minchah, the program has incorporated Kinos interspersed with hard-hitting, powerful, and sometimes fiery speeches. By two o’clock in the afternoon, everyone has gone home. Well, nearly everyone. There was one man who made sure that the Sefer Torah and two Haftarah scrolls that has been used for Davening were returned from the dining room to the Shul, and that the Aron Kodesh was properly locked.
Aryeh sought to establish something permanent in Chaya’s memory. We live in such a world of Shefa, b’Chasei Hashem. And with so many good, kind Yidden in the world, there are hundreds of categories found listed under “Gemach” in Frum directories worldwide. But Aryeh Kupinsky, Ba’al Chesed extraordinaire, managed to found a Gemach rare enough that – to the best of my knowledge – there is only one other one in existence. A freezer Gemach! He purchased a number of medium-sized freezers – of the six-drawer variety – and advertised that they would be available free of charge for use before Yomin Tovim and Simchos. He told me – with a mixture of incredulity and regret – that before Rosh Hashanah, he had to turn down 92 applicants. *Ninety-two*! Just days before Aryeh was so brutally taken from us, he was attempting to figure out how to acquire more freezers for this noble purpose.
What elevated Aryeh’s Gemach from merely unique to awe-inspiring, however, was the manner in which he ran it.
If you know anything about Har Nof, you know that it is built around a mountain. Every street is on another level, and many are stories below or above those closest to them. The entire neighborhood is made up of long, winding streets, and steep, winding staircases. 
Leaving the Kevurah, a member of the Chaburah related that he had yelled at Aryeh the last time that he had spoken to him. He had come across Aryeh while he was transporting a freezer from one recipient to another. On a hand truck. This was the only mode of transportation employed by the Gemach – hand-wheeled, bumped up and down every step and along every roadway. And there was only one “employee”.
“Are you crazy?!” our friend asked Aryeh. “Isn’t it enough that you furnish people with a free freezer? Let them pay fifty Shekel for delivery!” Aryeh recoiled. “This is my Chesed!” he protested.
I have seen in these last two days blurbs describing Aryeh that mention that he ran a Gemach. Aryeh did not run a Gemach. He *was* a Gemach. On that fateful Tuesday morning, when the Mispalelim became aware of the malevolence among them, they ran for their lives. Not so Aryeh. Numerous reports have Aryeh screaming at everyone in the Shul to run, while he made sure that they could. He hurled shtenders, chairs, Siddurim – whatever came to hand – at the terrorists to distract them, at one point physically restraining one of them. There were others who followed his example. After taking multiple blows – some intended for others – Aryeh fell. There is no doubt that he saved others’ lives.
There was an unexpected delay when we arrived at the plot in Har ha’Menu chos where Chaya is buried. The gaping hole in the ground was not quite long enough. We waited in the dark while the Chevra Kadisha took out their tools, and finally the earth reluctantly took Aryeh back.
Chaya a"h was R. Aryeh's 13-year old daughter who passed away two years ago. You can read more about her and R. Aryeh if you read the whole thing

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Anti-Semitism in the Ivy League

Welcome to the campus of Cornell University, where being Jewish isn't a whole lot different than it would be at Bir Zeit... if Bir Zeit admitted Jews.

Let's go to the videotape.

Much more about another American college campus gone anti-Semitic from my friends at Legal Insurrection here.

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Exclusive: Rabbi of Kehillat Bnei Torah eulogizes Druze police officer

The picture collage above is from the funeral of the Druze police officer Zeidaf Saif, who was murdered at the terror attack in Har Nof on Tuesday morning. In the middle picture, there's a man speaking at the microphone who looks a little out of place. He is Rav Yitzchak Mordechai Rubin, the rabbi of Kehillat Bnei Torah, where the terror attack took place.

I have tape (sound only, Hebrew only - sorry) of the Rabbi's eulogy.

It's below.


And here's a second collage of photos:

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Kerry blames 'Palestinian' incitement for Har Nof attack, NY Times fails to report it

Poor John Kerry. He finally does the right thing and unequivocally places the blame for a terror attack on the 'Palestinians'... and the New York Times won't even report it.
The New York Times is being criticized for failing to report on some versions of its stories, on Secretary of State John Kerry’s unusually unequivocal statement saying that Palestinian incitement was directly responsible for the Jerusalem massacre. He said that the murders were “a pure result of incitement” by Palestinian Authority leaders during the days before, to attack Israelis.
This was one of the most blunt statements made in recent years by a senior U.S. official against the Palestinian leadership. But according to reports in the U.S., the domestic American edition of the New York Times, which devotes so much space day after day criticizing Israel, decided to omit it from its print report the day after the massacre, and remove it from its website stories during the day of the massacre having initially posted it.
Kerry said “people who had come to worship God in the sanctuary of a synagogue were hatcheted and hacked and murdered in that holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder. I call on the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms… this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement of calls for days of rage, of just an irresponsibility, is unacceptable.”
Kerry is right. Here's an example that was posted on the internet on Tuesday - the day of the Har Nof attack. 

Let's go to the videotape.

The Times should be condemned as a facilitator of terrorism. Where is the outrage?

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Daughter of Har Nof terror victim speaks about her father

This is Michal Levine, the daughter of terror victim Rabbi Kalman Levine HY"D (May God Avenge his blood), speaking about her father.

Let's go to the videotape.

More here.


Desperate for a deal: West dropping demand that Iran make full disclosure of its nuclear weapons program

Reuters reported earlier this evening that the West is dropping its demand that Iran make full disclosure of its nuclear weapons program as part of any deal with the P 5+1. The 'deadline' for a deal is Monday.

Officially, the United States and its Western allies say it is vital that Iran fully addresses the concerns of the U.N. nuclear agency if it wants a diplomatic settlement that would end sanctions severely hurting its oil-based economy.
"Iran’s previous activities have to come to light and be explained," a senior Western diplomat said.
Privately, however, some officials acknowledge that Iran would probably never admit to what they believe it was guilty of: covertly working in the past to develop the means and expertise needed to build a nuclear-armed missile.

A senior Western official said the six would try to "be creative" in coming up with a formula that would satisfy demands by those who want Iran to come clean about any atomic bomb research and those who say it is unrealistic to expect the country to openly acknowledge it.
The outcome could also affect the standing of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which for years has been trying to investigate what it calls the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program. 
While the global powers - the United States, France, Germany, Russia, China and Britain - seek to persuade Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment program to lengthen the timeline for any bid to assemble nuclear arms, the IAEA is investigating possible research on designing an actual bomb. 

If an eventual accord does not put strong pressure on Iran to increase cooperation with the IAEA by making it a condition for some sanctions relief, it may hurt its future credibility, according to some diplomats accredited to the agency.

"You don't want to undermine the integrity of the IAEA," one said. 

The IAEA issued a report in 2011 with intelligence information indicating concerted activities until about a decade ago that could be relevant for developing nuclear bombs, some of which the U.N. agency said may be continuing.
I guess that like his boss, John Kerry has decided that an empty peace prize is better than no peace prize. 

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This is how it happened

This was sent to me by a number of people. With apologies to those who don't understand the Hebrew words that are thrown in....
We heard the ambulances. We heard there was a terrorist attack. Then we heard it was at our shul down the road. We got a phone call from Chaya Levine asking my husband to please look at the shul next door to see if Rav Kalman was there. My husband had dovened neitz with him just a short time ago. Rav Kalman gave him a hearty “yashar koach” for his duchening, and went back to learn. My husband came home to get Binyomin Dovid ready for the school bus.
You see Tuesday morning is Abba day- Binyomin Dovid looks forward toTuesday morning all week-. maybe because Abba puts ketchup on the cheese sandwich- or puts more pretzels in the bag than Ima does, or more salt on the salad. Or maybe because he so loves his Abba and their special morning together. And because Tuesday is their special day, my husband dovens at the neitz minyon next to our house, instead of his regular minyon in Kehillas Bnei Torah. My husband might have gone to his regular minyon anyway. Since he was often the only Kohen, on Tuesdays he would pop in for chazaras hashatz just to duchen for them. The carnage occurred during chazaras HaShatz. But Hashem had other plans for my husband. A few months ago a member of the shul, a Kohen, became an avel-a mourner- and he asked my husband if he could be the regular ba'al tefila. This Tuesday my husband did not go back to duchen, because he knew there would be a Kohen in his minyon. So after neitz at HaGra, he came home from shul. But Kalman- where was Kalman? My husband went back to HaGra to look for him. But he had left. Kalman had gone to Rav Rubin’s shul to ask the Rav a question. And Kalman did not come home.
We heard names- we heard rumors- we didn’t want to believe they were true. Rav Moshe Twersky- the kind talmid chacham who always made time for those who came to him for guidance and halachic advice, and then taught and learned until late at night. He was the one to whom my husband would turn with questions that came up in the minyon. It was Rav Moshe who said at his son’s aufruf that this minyon was like mishpacha. We had lost a family member.
R’ Aryeh Kupinski. R’Aryeh? No- not R’ Aryeh? Haven’t they suffered enough? When his daughter Chaya died suddenly in her sleep he was mekabel the din with pure deep faith- and went on to be mechazek others. R’ Aryeh- always running to help others; always a smile on his face- despite constant challenges. R’ Aryeh was the one who yelled “you run, I’ll fight” using a chair against a gun and a hatchet to buy time so that others could flee. The ultimate chesed.
The names to doven. Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila. Chaim Yechiel ben Malka. Eitan ben Sarah. Yitzchak ben Chaya. All still in need of tremendous Rachmei Shamayim. Please continue to storm the gates of rachamim on their behalf. Avraham Shmuel ben Sheina. Then the rumors turned to agonizing truth- Avraham Shmuel ben Aharon hy”d. Mr Goldberg. That nice warm smiley gentleman who loved Torah and Torah scholars, and every single Jew. Who learned every morning and only then went to work. My husband would set up a shtender for Mr. Goldberg and he in turn would lay out a siddur for Rav Twersky. That was the kind of minyon it was. It can’t be. But it was.
What about Rav Kalman? We still didn’t know for sure – rumors flying- but Rav Kalman was the most alive person in the world. He was the reason many people came to our shul on Simchas Torah- to see Rav Kalman’s ecstatic dancing with his beloved Torah. We should have known if he didn’t come home and didn’t call something was terribly wrong. But we couldn’t believe it could be. And then we heard. The brutal animals shot as they yelled out their vicious war cry. They butchered Rav Kalman as he stood in the hallway absorbed in a sefer-those few seconds gave some of the men in the minyon time to flee out another door. Rav Kalman’s last act of ahavas Yisroel was to save the life of his friends.
And now- Rav Moshe הי"ד, Rav Aryeh הי"ד, Rav Avraham הי"ד, Rav Kalman הי"ד are in the Beis Medrash shel maalah- with their beloved Torah.
Between the hope and the tears we spoke. “Chaya, do you remember….”. Binyomin Dovid was a sickly baby with Down syndrome and a host of medical issues and I needed chizuk. I made my way to Bnei Brak to see Rebbetzin Kanievsky. I waited outside until it was my turn. I came in to her- a sleeping baby in my arms. Rebbetzin Kanievsky took one look at him and said “you don’t know what shmira (protection) you have in your home”. I thought I understood. Perhaps, I thought, other things would be easier because this would be difficult. But now, almost 13 years later, I understand. BD was the only reason my husband was not in his minyon that morning. And because he knew my husband wasn’t coming, his post dovening chevrusa- a stalwart regular in that minyon, decided to doven elsewhere that morning. We could not have imagined so many years ago that our son would save his father’s life and the life of his chavrusa.
The stories abound. Those who were saved- Rav E- an elderly gentleman who takes a cab the half a block each morning- but THIS morning the cab didn’t come. Rabbi L was on his way to that minyon and for some reason he cannot explain, found himself turning into a closer shul, and stayed there. A. was up during the night helping his wife who felt unwell, so he decided to doven elsewhere. R’ S who smashed a terrorist over the head twice with a chair to try to stop his shooting, and somehow managed to run out unscathed. Rav P, Reb B, Rav Pr and Rav F who somehow ran through the line of fire out the door. Rav S who was hiding behind the bima until something told him to get out- and he managed to run through the side door. Rav I saw one of the terrorists in the kitchen on his way in earlier. He thought he was one of the many who come into the shul to take a free cup of coffee in the morning. Why didn’t he shoot him then? He escaped through a side door when the shooting started in the shul. Dr. H and Rav W who ran out after throwing a table at the terrorists. HaRav B, who is not a young man, heard the commotion and came downstairs. As he was trying to help one of the victims, he was shot repeatedly by the terrorists- but the guns misfired four times. When they pulled out a knife he ran upstairs. An old man outrunning two young terrorists?
And those who were not saved. Rav Kalman regularly dovens shacharis elsewhere and only came to ask a question of a Rav whom he didn’t know was not yet there. Rav Aryeh came perhaps once or twice a month to that minyon. The first chovesh (paramedic) who appeared at the scene always carries a gun- but he left it at home that morning. One thing was clear-it appeared random- but it is only random in the eyes of the world- we have to know that it is exacting in the eyes of Hashem, and that while we cannot possibly understand the equation we know it is the Truth.
To us, it is clear that the world is run with exactitude- and that this brutal butchering of innocent souls had purpose and meaning. We must focus inward- -avoiding politics and rage. We must focus our energy inward by asking what each of us can do better than before. That is the Jewish response.
Wednesday morning my husband dovened in his minyon. He set out no shtender, laid out no siddur. R’ Chaim, fighting for his life, was not there to call out “kohanim”. Rav Moshe was not be there today to lein. He will not ask for an Aliyah for his grandmother’s yahrtzeit R”H Teves. My husband took out his gabbai book and added הי”ד to four names.
As Rav Rubin said at the levaya, we must strengthen ourselves in Emuna. We must internalize the knowledge that nothing is by chance, nothing is without purpose and meaning We must strive in some small way to emulate the kedoshim- so different on the surface but so very much the same- each a true lover of Torah and Talmidei chachamim, each a true lover of his fellow Jew, each a ba’al chesed, each a man with true simchas hachaim. Each of us must look inward; ask “what can I rectify?” Each one of us must make some small yet powerful change. The family of the kedoshim asked those who came to the shiva to please take on something for Am Yisrael. This is derech HaTorah. This will give nechama to the widows, the orphans. This will be a z’chus for a refuah for the injured. And we can pray, that this will be the final chapter in the long and painful history of golus- and this will bring the Geula bimheyra biyameinu.

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Once upon a time in Europe?

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.

There's a collection of pictures from Afghanistan in the 1950's and 1960's online. One of them is at the top of this post.
Afghanistan was not always such a repressive country. Photographs from the 1950s and 60s depict a very different Afghanistan; one where female students sat next to their male peers, where girls scouts worked along with boy scouts, where, in parks and playgrounds, buses and record stores, hospitals and schools, women were seen in equal numbers as men.

These collection of images offer a rare insight into Afghanistan’s past.
View the rest of the collection here

What's changed? Radical Islam, which moved in after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

How long will it be until we have a collection called Once Upon a Time in Europe?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 European ambassadors, US protest demolition of terrorists' homes

Five European ambassadors and the US State Department are protesting an Israeli cabinet decision to demolish the homes of four 'Palestinians' behind recent terror attacks, including the two who carried out Tuesday's attacks on a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood. This is from the first link.
The ambassadors of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain conveyed this message at a meeting with senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem on Thursday and called to restore calm to Jerusalem.
The five ambassadors said their governments object to demolishing Palestinians’ houses, as such punitive measures only exacerbate the situation and escalate the tension, according to Foreign Ministry officials and European diplomats who attended the meeting. 
U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters on Wednesday that “punitive home demolitions are counterproductive to the cause of peace, especially in an already tense situation.”
He said the Israeli government itself had discontinued this practice in the past, “recognizing its effects.”
The British and Spanish parliaments recently approved measures calling for a 'Palestinian state,' and the French parliament is due to vote on a similar measure. Sweden has already recognized 'Palestine.'

But then, what can we Israelis expect when we continue to have in our own government someone who claims that the Jewish presence in our biblical heartland causes 'Palestinian' terrorism?
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) took part on Thursday in a conference of the Council for Peace and Security, in which she blamed the Jewish presence in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria for "heating up the atmosphere" in the recent wave of terrorism.
"Our role as cabinet members is to rise above the present reality and see if there's something we can do to change the direction, also in the region and also in our relations with the Palestinians," said Livni. 
The minister claimed there is a coalition of Arab states that are threatened by radical Islam, saying "that's the same coalition that wants to end the conflict between us and the Palestinians based on two nation states. That's good news."
"The essence of Zionism," according to Livni, is to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state - reportedly her opposition to a law defining Israel as the Jewish nation state has led her to draft an alternate formulation focusing on Israel as a democracy over the state's Jewish nature.
"The more that the settlement enterprise continues our future does not improve, it heats up the atmosphere and sends a message to the world that Israel is playing a double game," claimed Livni. "We speak about peace and an agreement, but in parallel we come out with all kinds of announcements on more building and more expropriation."
The terrorism is because the 'Palestinians' won't tolerate the presence of Jews anywhere in this country, and the only way that the 'Palestinians' will ever agree to a 'Palestinian state' is if it's Judenrein (free of Jews).

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Security forces foil plot to assassinate Lieberman, weapons shipment into Jerusalem

Late Thursday night, Israel Radio reported that the General Security Service had foiled a plot to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman using rocket propelled grenades.

According to the indictment, the three were planning to buy RPG missiles and then launch them at the foreign minister's car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.
The terrorist cell was headed by Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, a senior member of Hamas who resides near Bethlehem and who served several prison terms in Israel on charges of terrorism.
Zir enlisted his brother, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and another Hamas terrorist by the name Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31. They admitted to being recruited to help carry out an attack against a senior Israeli figure.
In addition, Zir turned to senior Hamas terrorist Ibrahim Yusuf al-Sheikh, 50, a resident of Bethlehem who is known for his past involvement in Hamas terrorist activities, and asked him to help him in obtaining RPG missiles.
The three terrorists were caught while conducting surveillance on Liberman's security guards near his home in Gush Etzion community of Nokdim.
They were arrested in mid-August by security forces after one member of the squad was caught trying to buy the missiles.
Also on Thursday, a shipment of Christmas decorations headed for Jerusalem from the Ashdod port was found to contain a deadly arsenal of weapons for delivery to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons.
The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China.
I wonder how many of those fireworks would have been bought by Jews for Purim. Maybe that practice ought to stop too. 

And I guess that China hasn't gotten out of the terror financing business yet.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Which flag makes Berserkeley students go berserk

I'm back in Israel.

I couldn't view this on the plane last night (airline WiFi doesn't allow streaming video), and I wasn't able to post either from London (way too little time) or on the plane back from there (British Airways doesn't hold from WiFi and besides - the flight was so cramped I barely had room for my knees, let alone to open a laptop).

But watch this video. Someone shows an ISIS flag to students at Berserkeley and that doesn't get them too excited. Watch what does.

Let's go to the videotape (via Weasel Zippers).

The American Left.... Aren't they something?

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Tuesday's terror and the Haredim

This comment ought to be read and re-read, because for once someone writing in a publication associated with the Left actually seems to get it.
The citizenship and piety of the victims is largely immaterialthis was simply brutal, ideological murder. But the choice of victims does tell us something about where these murders come from, and what they mean politically.
In recent weeks, the usual hum of low-grade Palestinian incitement has been raised to a fever pitch. There have been allegations of murder and paranoid rumors of Israeli plans to dismantle Muslim sanctuaries. Lone-wolf terrorists have rammed their cars into crowds and stabbed young commuters at bus stops. The Israeli security forces, expert in disrupting networks and intercepting infiltrations, have found themselves helpless to stop it. How do you predict an attack by a single local resident armed only with a car and a kitchen knife?
There is irony in the latest attack. The synagogue was in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in West Jerusalem. The worshippers lived in internationally recognized Israel and almost certainly never served in the army. They would never approach the Temple Mount, the holy site where recent visits by Jews have supposedly triggered the latest wave of Palestinian violence, because they believe that God’s law forbids it. In other words, these worshippers should be among the least offensive to Palestinians.
This is not to say that, for instance, last week’s murder of 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus was less obscene because it happened near a West Bank settlement. But the senselessness and brutality of the synagogue assault, and the otherworldliness of the victims, lays bare the inadequacy of rational political explanations for terror. No doubt the murderers had their grievances (and some perhaps were reasonable), but the butchery in Har Nof shows that any sense of strategy has been overwhelmed by hate. The murder of non-Zionist Torah scholars is an attack on Jews more than Israel, and explaining it requires an understanding of hatred, not of politics. Perhaps the current celebrations throughout the West Bank and Gazareplete with songs of praise on mosque loudspeakers and the festival-like delivery of sweets to childrengoes at least part of the way to providing that.
Rarely has it been clearer: these men were killed simply because they were Jews living in the land of Israel. That they were rabbis killed at prayer is a potent symbol of the attack's senselessess, but their orthodoxy also serves as evidence of how utterly self-defeating Palestinian terrorism is.
Read it all

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What really gets Washington riled up

A good something (morning?) from about 40 minutes out of London. Still over two hours to sunrise there.

If you think Washington got excited about a terror attack on Tuesday, wait until you see how much more excited they get over - you guessed it - the construction of 78 Jewish homes in Jerusalem. Nothing could be more 'harmful' to 'the cause of peace.'
According to Reuters, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stressed Washington's "clear and consistent opposition to construction activity in East Jerusalem."
"During this sensitive time in Jerusalem, we would see such activity as inconsistent with the goal of lower tensions and seeking a path toward peace," he added.
The latest criticism from Washington was made after the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of 78 new homes for Jews in Jerusalem.
Municipal spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said 50 homes will be built in Har Homa and 28 in Ramot.
Yeah, I'm sure that's what motivated those two shmucks to go into a synagogue and murder people in the middle of prayers. Because there's nothing more inciting than building homes for people to live in.

PS I keep forgetting to throw this out: Can you imagine the outrage in the world if someone went in and shot up a mosque in the middle of prayers?

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Time to stop handing candy to the 'Palestinians'

The United Nations Security Council condemned Tuesday's 'Palestinian' terror attack in Jerusalem, but called on Israel to show 'restraint.'
In a unanimous statement quoted by the AFP news agency, the 15-member council expressed concern over rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions and stressed the importance of condemning the violence after Hamas hailed the attack.
The council "encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders and citizens to work together to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations and seek a path toward peace."
In a reference apparently directed at Israel over possible reprisals, the council "reminded states that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law."
Diplomats said the statement was issued following discussions with the United States, which consulted with Israel over the wording.
Responding to the Security Council’s condemnation of the attack, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor said on Wednesday night, "It is too bad that only after Israelis are massacred during prayer that the Security Council remembers to break its silence about Palestinian violence, despite repeated warnings from us.”
"Now that the international community has realized that the Palestinians have crossed all the red lines and, in order to stop the bloodshed, it must stop handing out candy to the Palestinians and stop its support for unilateral actions,” he added.
Don't hold your breath, Ron. The UN stopping support for unilateral actions by the 'Palestinians.' It will never happen.

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What 'peace' with an Arab country means: Jordanian parliament prays for Har Nof murderers

Israel has a 'peace treaty' with Jordan. But that treaty isn't worth the paper on which it is printed. On Wednesday, Jordan's parliament prayed for the souls of the two terrorists who on Tuesday murdered four Jews and a Druze police office and wounded eight other Jews, four of them seriously.
On Wednesday, Jordan's parliament offered a prayer in honor of the spirit of Ghassan Abu Jamal and Uday Abu Jamal - the terrorists who slaughtered five people.

The prayer was held as the House of representatives session opened.

MP Khalil Attieh requested his fellow representatives to recite the Fatiha for the "spirit of the heroes."

The Fatiha is the first chapter of the Koran, recited on important occasions.
There's more. Read the whole thing.

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It starts: Mayor of Ashkelon bans Arab workers from schools

It took a little longer than I thought, but good evening from 31,000 feet above the Atlantic. According to my trusty map, we are just about due south of Newfoundland right now, heading across 'the pond.' Air travel in the modern age is quite bizarre. First, we pulled away from the gate and they announced that we have a half hour hold because otherwise we will show up in London before their curfew ends at 6:00 am (you can't land at Heathrow before 6:00). And now we're going over 740 miles an hour and it keeps going up. I don't recall ever going more than a few miles per hour faster than 700....

In the wake of Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem, Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni has banned all Arab workers from his city's schools. 'Temporarily' of course. Here's what it gets rich: The workers were building shelters to protect the kids from Hamas' rocket fire from Gaza. As you might imagine, the Left is seething....
The mayor explained that the increased presence of Arab workers in close proximity to educational institutions is potentially harmful to residents' security, and therefore their employment will stop until the tense security situation improves.
The contractor which performs the work in the schools in the city is employed by the Defense Ministry, and it should be noted that the work carried out in Ashkelon is done by Israeli Arabs and not by Arabs living in Judea and Samaria.
The decision angered Meretz MK Issawi Frej, who accused Shimoni of "racism of the lowest kind.”
“Under the poor excuse of a 'sense of security', Shimoni wishes to make the city of Ashkelon clean of Arabs and contaminate it with anti-Semitic racism,” charged Frej. “I call on Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and on the Chairman of the Local Government Center, Haim Bibas, to publicly condemn Shimoni and ask him to reconsider his decision with all its consequences."
The decision was also condemned by the President of the Israel Democracy Institute, former Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner.
But Shimoni was also condemned by Labor MK Nachman Shai of the 'sane' Left, as well as by Ofer Shelach of Yesh Atid, which is in the coalition (one has to wonder for how long). Here's guessing that Shimoni's decision will stand, at least for now. And here's hoping that every neighborhood in Jerusalem makes the same decision. 

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Graphic pictures of Tuesday's massacre

As usual, the international media is largely ignoring the massacre that took place in Jerusalem on Tuesday. So MyIsrael decided to shock some people. It posted this video of graphic pictures taken inside Kehillat Bnei Torah on Tuesday in the aftermath of the attack.

Let's go to the videotape.

Here's the explanation:
Sarah Haetzni-Cohen, My Israel CEO, said, “The video is hard to watch but the horrific images are important for the world to see, as they demonstrate the inhuman cruelty of Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israeli civilians. This cold-blooded murder in a house of worship needs to be seen, to understand the real danger of incitement and Islamist terror. Only people that have been fed pure unadulterated Jew-Hatred would be able to commit such an act. It is time that the world understands that the State of Israel is on the frontlines of the fight against international Islamist terror. ”
Indeed. Please spread it around. 

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The aftermath of Tuesday's massacre at Kehillat Bnei Torah

There's more on Tuesday's terror attack and its aftermath from The Blaze's Sharona Schwartz here.

I spoke with Sharona at some length by phone last night from Boston (that's the call I had to take when I finished my post) and I'm quoted rather extensively, so I'll let you all go read it.

But it didn't only hit close to home because of Moshe (and I knew him as Moshe and not as Rav or Rabbi Moshe) HY"D. Mrs. Carl and I and the five oldest kids lived in Har Nof for two years and we prayed regularly in that synagogue (where I caught up with Moshe after several years apart). One of the other people who was killed had a blessing under my daughter's wedding canopy (he was close with my son-in-law). One of the people who is seriously wounded was someone I remember well, and every picture I have seen looks familiar.....

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